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Richard

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Brave Ruler
  • #9 All Time
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How popular is the baby name Richard in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 728 0 728 #23 boy name
1881 641 0 641 #22 boy name
1882 746 0 746 #22 boy name
1883 649 0 649 #21 boy name
1884 749 0 749 #23 boy name
1885 672 0 672 #26 boy name
1886 728 8 720 #23 boy name
1887 629 7 622 #25 boy name
1888 780 8 772 #26 boy name
1889 716 5 711 #24 boy name
1890 744 0 744 #24 boy name
1891 609 0 609 #27 boy name
1892 809 7 802 #27 boy name
1893 732 0 732 #26 boy name
1894 808 0 808 #25 boy name
1895 734 7 727 #31 boy name
1896 838 5 833 #26 boy name
1897 709 7 702 #31 boy name
1898 885 13 872 #26 boy name
1899 749 5 744 #27 boy name
1900 1,142 0 1,142 #24 boy name
1901 792 8 784 #26 boy name
1902 914 6 908 #26 boy name
1903 869 6 863 #26 boy name
1904 965 8 957 #24 boy name
1905 1,034 0 1,034 #22 boy name
1906 1,092 8 1,084 #23 boy name
1907 1,245 10 1,235 #22 boy name
1908 1,250 6 1,244 #23 boy name
1909 1,434 7 1,427 #21 boy name
1910 1,663 9 1,654 #21 boy name
1911 2,041 11 2,030 #20 boy name
1912 4,211 23 4,188 #19 boy name
1913 5,129 22 5,107 #19 boy name
1914 6,699 30 6,669 #17 boy name
1915 9,182 39 9,143 #15 boy name
1916 10,177 43 10,134 #15 boy name
1917 10,961 47 10,914 #14 boy name
1918 12,375 51 12,324 #12 boy name
1919 12,516 74 12,442 #12 boy name
1920 15,064 54 15,010 #10 boy name
1921 16,447 71 16,376 #10 boy name
1922 17,614 75 17,539 #9 boy name
1923 18,962 78 18,884 #9 boy name
1924 21,339 94 21,245 #8 boy name
1925 23,382 108 23,274 #8 boy name
1926 25,266 120 25,146 #7 boy name
1927 26,927 161 26,766 #6 boy name
1928 28,992 201 28,791 #6 boy name
1929 29,773 200 29,573 #6 boy name
1930 32,337 163 32,174 #5 boy name
1931 31,967 151 31,816 #5 boy name
1932 31,933 138 31,795 #5 boy name
1933 31,457 126 31,331 #5 boy name
1934 33,281 129 33,152 #5 boy name
1935 34,066 128 33,938 #5 boy name
1936 33,582 98 33,484 #5 boy name
1937 33,090 118 32,972 #5 boy name
1938 34,504 121 34,383 #5 boy name
1939 35,478 107 35,371 #5 boy name
1940 37,526 108 37,418 #5 boy name
1941 39,222 120 39,102 #5 boy name
1942 43,709 127 43,582 #5 boy name
1943 46,452 119 46,333 #5 boy name
1944 45,731 97 45,634 #5 boy name
1945 46,153 106 46,047 #5 boy name
1946 58,980 120 58,860 #5 boy name
1947 58,652 144 58,508 #5 boy name
1948 51,087 120 50,967 #7 boy name
1949 51,049 115 50,934 #7 boy name
1950 51,125 97 51,028 #7 boy name
1951 54,614 94 54,520 #7 boy name
1952 58,438 105 58,333 #7 boy name
1953 58,452 135 58,317 #7 boy name
1954 57,110 105 57,005 #7 boy name
1955 53,656 125 53,531 #7 boy name
1956 53,009 131 52,878 #7 boy name
1957 52,521 117 52,404 #8 boy name
1958 50,075 118 49,957 #8 boy name
1959 47,307 131 47,176 #8 boy name
1960 43,692 124 43,568 #8 boy name
1961 41,246 130 41,116 #8 boy name
1962 39,560 140 39,420 #8 boy name
1963 40,936 154 40,782 #8 boy name
1964 40,242 136 40,106 #8 boy name
1965 36,990 134 36,856 #8 boy name
1966 34,616 145 34,471 #8 boy name
1967 33,761 166 33,595 #8 boy name
1968 33,156 162 32,994 #8 boy name
1969 31,276 174 31,102 #10 boy name
1970 30,628 160 30,468 #10 boy name
1971 26,313 144 26,169 #11 boy name
1972 22,460 139 22,321 #14 boy name
1973 20,091 138 19,953 #16 boy name
1974 18,745 90 18,655 #17 boy name
1975 17,814 130 17,684 #16 boy name
1976 16,896 128 16,768 #19 boy name
1977 17,583 131 17,452 #20 boy name
1978 16,825 95 16,730 #22 boy name
1979 16,843 123 16,720 #25 boy name
1980 16,779 121 16,658 #26 boy name
1981 16,970 115 16,855 #27 boy name
1982 16,840 132 16,708 #27 boy name
1983 16,019 127 15,892 #27 boy name
1984 15,702 106 15,596 #27 boy name
1985 15,444 116 15,328 #28 boy name
1986 15,128 122 15,006 #29 boy name
1987 14,507 111 14,396 #30 boy name
1988 14,248 111 14,137 #32 boy name
1989 14,203 69 14,134 #33 boy name
1990 13,628 54 13,574 #35 boy name
1991 12,606 55 12,551 #34 boy name
1992 11,358 32 11,326 #41 boy name
1993 10,255 28 10,227 #40 boy name
1994 9,550 36 9,514 #41 boy name
1995 8,805 22 8,783 #42 boy name
1996 8,208 29 8,179 #45 boy name
1997 7,258 16 7,242 #51 boy name
1998 6,967 14 6,953 #55 boy name
1999 6,511 12 6,499 #61 boy name
2000 6,363 11 6,352 #65 boy name
2001 5,778 11 5,767 #73 boy name
2002 5,328 11 5,317 #77 boy name
2003 5,062 10 5,052 #86 boy name
2004 4,868 23 4,845 #92 boy name
2005 4,667 5 4,662 #94 boy name
2006 4,474 8 4,466 #99 boy name
2007 4,427 8 4,419 #100 boy name
2008 4,058 5 4,053
2009 3,612 7 3,605
2010 3,234 5 3,229
2011 3,159 0 3,159
2012 3,019 5 3,014
2013 2,788 0 2,788
2014 2,870 0 2,870
2015 2,659 0 2,659

Want to know about the popularity of the Richard baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,567,700 babies born with the name Richard in the United States. That's more than enough Richards to occupy the country of Namibia with an estimated population of 2,364,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 728 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Richard" was in 1946 with a total of 58,860 babies. (That's a lot of baby Richards)

According to the 1910 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Richard" ranks #29 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, 33 babies in Oklahoma have the same name as you in 1910. Across the entire United States a total of 1,663 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Richard" mean? The list below shows the origins of Richard as well as things modernly associated with the name Richard such as celebrities named Richard.

Origin and Meaning of Richard

The name "Richard" is of English origin, and it means "Brave Ruler". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Richard Gere

Richard Gere is an actor and activist with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1973 to present. Richard was born in 1949 as Richard Tiffany Gere in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor is a comedian with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1963 to 1997. Richard was born in 1940 as Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor in Peoria, Illinois, U.S.

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Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon is an officeholder. Richard was born in 1913 as Richard Milhous Nixon in Yorba Linda, California, U.S.

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Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons is a physical fitness expert, voice actor, and political activist with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1969 to present. Richard was born in 1948 as Milton Teagle Simmons in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

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Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall is a comedian with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1980 to 2014. Rik was born in 1958 as Richard Michael Mayall in Epping, Essex, England.

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Moby

Moby is a dj, singer-songwriter, musician, and photographer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1984 to present. Moby was born in 1965 as Richard Melville Hall in Harlem, New York City.

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Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough is an actor, director, producer, and entrepreneur with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1942 to 2007. Richard was born in 1923 as Richard Samuel Attenborough in Cambridge, England, U.K.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Richard

Richard Armitage
Richard Matt
Richard Branson
Richard Montgomery
Richard Ramirez
Richard Sherman

Alternative Meanings

R is for rely, everyone's trustworthy friend.

I is for ideals, no higher!

C is for charm, the undeniable you.

H is for honor, your most valuable possession.

A is for absolute, for you know your mind.

R is for relish, you seek a challenge.

D is for diamond, the brilliance you shine.

Your name in reverse order is "Drahcir". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Rdriach". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Richard born Oct 6, 1938

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Romania approximately on 1875. Your profession was map maker, astrologer, and astronomer.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. It always seemed to you, that your perceptions of the world are somewhat different. Your lesson - to trust your intuition as your best guide in present life.

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