Richard

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2.6m
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Richard

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

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From Middle English Rycharde, from Old French Richard, from Medieval Latin Richardus and Ricohardus, from Frankish *Rīkahard, from Proto-Germanic *Rīkaharduz, a construction of *rīks (“king, ruler”) +‎ *harduz (“hard, brave”). Cognate with Old High German Rīcohard (“Richard”).

  1. A male given name.
  2. (rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname​.

Richard was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Danish, Estonian, French, German, Norwegian, Slovak, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Richard

Richard Nixon was a 37th President of the United States, and 36th Vice President of the United States. He holds the title Richard Nixon resigns. His military service ended in 1946. Richard was given the name Richard Milhous Nixon on January 9th, 1913 in , U.S. He breathed his last breath on April 22nd, 1994.

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Sir Richard Branson is a founder of virgin group, virgin group, and founder ofvirgin group. He has had major accomplishments since 1966. Richard was given the name Richard Charles Nicholas Branson by his parent Eve Branson on July 18th, 1950 in Blackheath, London.

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Ringo Starr is a rock music and pop music musician. He plays Ludwig Drums, Avedis Zildjian Company, and Remo. He was most prominent from 1957 to present. Ringo was given the name Richard Starkey on July 7th, 1940 in Dingle, Liverpool, England.

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Machine Gun Kelly is a hip hop music and rap rock musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. Machine was given the name Richard Colson Baker on April 22nd, 1990 in Houston, Texas, US. Machine is also known as Machine Gun Kelly.

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Richard III was royalty. He was most active from 1483 to 1483. Richard was born as the child of Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York, Cecily Neville, and Duchess of York on October 2nd, 1452 in Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire. He passed away on August 22nd, 1485.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Richard

Little Richard is a rock, roll, rhythm, blues, gospel music, and soul music musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1947. Little was given the name Richard Wayne Penniman on December 5th, 1932 in Macon, Georgia, United States.

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Sir Cliff Richard is a skiffle, rock, roll, pop music, pop rock, and contemporary christian music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to present. Cliff was given the name Harry Rodger Webb on October 14th, 1940 in Lucknow.

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Prince Richard is royalty. He holds the title Duke of Gloucester([[#Titles, styles, honours, Arms, and Duke of Gloucester. Prince was born as the child of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, Princess Alice, and Duchess of Gloucester on August 26th, 1944 in Monken Hadley Common.

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Count was born as the child of Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi and Mitsuko Aoyama on November 16th, 1894 in Tokyo. He left this life on July 27th, 1972.

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Wendy Richard was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1960 to 2009. Wendy was given the name Wendy Emerton on July 20th, 1943 in Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She breathed her last breath on February 26th, 2009.

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Maurice Richard was a hockey player. His career lasted from 1942 to 1960. Maurice was born on August 4th, 1921 in Montreal. He passed away on May 27th, 2000.

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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 1,141 0 1,141 #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 1,033 0 1,033 #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 12,515 74 12,441 #12 boy name
1920 15,063 54 15,009 #10 boy name
1921 16,448 71 16,377 #10 boy name
1922 17,614 75 17,539 #9 boy name
1923 18,962 78 18,884 #9 boy name
1924 21,338 94 21,244 #8 boy name
1925 23,377 107 23,270 #8 boy name
1926 25,269 120 25,149 #7 boy name
1927 26,927 161 26,766 #6 boy name
1928 28,995 201 28,794 #6 boy name
1929 29,772 200 29,572 #6 boy name
1930 32,340 163 32,177 #5 boy name
1931 31,967 151 31,816 #5 boy name
1932 31,935 138 31,797 #5 boy name
1933 31,461 126 31,335 #5 boy name
1934 33,283 129 33,154 #5 boy name
1935 34,069 128 33,941 #5 boy name
1936 33,583 98 33,485 #5 boy name
1937 33,092 118 32,974 #5 boy name
1938 34,503 121 34,382 #5 boy name
1939 35,480 107 35,373 #5 boy name
1940 37,523 108 37,415 #5 boy name
1941 39,226 120 39,106 #5 boy name
1942 43,709 127 43,582 #5 boy name
1943 46,450 119 46,331 #5 boy name
1944 45,731 97 45,634 #5 boy name
1945 46,151 106 46,045 #5 boy name
1946 58,982 120 58,862 #5 boy name
1947 58,659 144 58,515 #5 boy name
1948 51,093 120 50,973 #7 boy name
1949 51,048 115 50,933 #7 boy name
1950 51,111 97 51,014 #7 boy name
1951 54,649 94 54,555 #7 boy name
1952 58,439 105 58,334 #7 boy name
1953 58,457 135 58,322 #7 boy name
1954 57,128 104 57,024 #7 boy name
1955 53,654 125 53,529 #7 boy name
1956 53,020 131 52,889 #7 boy name
1957 52,516 117 52,399 #8 boy name
1958 50,068 118 49,950 #8 boy name
1959 47,307 131 47,176 #8 boy name
1960 43,688 124 43,564 #8 boy name
1961 41,244 130 41,114 #8 boy name
1962 39,557 140 39,417 #8 boy name
1963 40,937 154 40,783 #8 boy name
1964 40,239 136 40,103 #8 boy name
1965 36,989 134 36,855 #8 boy name
1966 34,615 145 34,470 #8 boy name
1967 33,760 166 33,594 #8 boy name
1968 33,152 163 32,989 #8 boy name
1969 31,284 173 31,111 #10 boy name
1970 30,623 160 30,463 #10 boy name
1971 26,313 144 26,169 #11 boy name
1972 22,461 139 22,322 #14 boy name
1973 20,090 138 19,952 #16 boy name
1974 18,741 90 18,651 #17 boy name
1975 17,815 130 17,685 #16 boy name
1976 16,893 128 16,765 #19 boy name
1977 17,582 131 17,451 #20 boy name
1978 16,829 95 16,734 #22 boy name
1979 16,844 123 16,721 #25 boy name
1980 16,782 121 16,661 #26 boy name
1981 16,975 115 16,860 #27 boy name
1982 16,841 132 16,709 #27 boy name
1983 16,023 127 15,896 #27 boy name
1984 15,702 106 15,596 #27 boy name
1985 15,446 116 15,330 #28 boy name
1986 15,129 122 15,007 #29 boy name
1987 14,511 111 14,400 #30 boy name
1988 14,251 111 14,140 #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 11,357 32 11,325 #41 boy name
1993 10,255 28 10,227 #40 boy name
1994 9,549 36 9,513 #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 6,513 12 6,501 #61 boy name
2000 6,363 11 6,352 #65 boy name
2001 5,779 11 5,768 #73 boy name
2002 5,328 11 5,317 #77 boy name
2003 5,063 10 5,053 #86 boy name
2004 4,868 23 4,845 #92 boy name
2005 4,670 5 4,665 #94 boy name
2006 4,475 8 4,467 #99 boy name
2007 4,427 8 4,419 #100 boy name
2008 4,058 5 4,053
2009 3,613 7 3,606
2010 3,236 5 3,231
2011 3,160 0 3,160
2012 3,022 5 3,017
2013 2,792 0 2,792
2014 2,873 0 2,873
2015 2,671 0 2,671
2016 2,499 0 2,499

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Popularity of Richard as a first name

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Popularity of Richard as a last name

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Common last names for Richard

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  • Wilson
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  • Moore
  • Martin
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  • Harris
  • Allen
  • Lewis
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Richard U.S.
  White 70.35% 64.26%
  African American 23.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.90% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.97% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.75% 16.26%

Of Last Name Richard

People with the last name Richard are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Richard

  • How Popular is the name Richard? Richard is the 9th most popular name of all time. As a last name Richard was the 629th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Richard have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,570,304 babies born with the first name Richard in the United States. That's more than enough people named Richard to occupy the country of Namibia with an estimated population of 2,364,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Richard? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 728 new born babies.
  • When was Richard first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Richard is Wednesday, May 22nd, 1861.
  • What year had the most people named Richard born? The highest recorded use of the first name Richard was in 1946 with a total of 58,862 babies. That's a lot of babies named Richard!
  • Random Richard Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Richard ranks 81st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 68 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Richard: Your name in reverse order is Drahcir. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rihacdr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Richard? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 53,893 people with the last name Richard.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Richard? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 18 of them will have Richard as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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