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Richard

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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

Fun Facts about the name Richard

  • How many people with the first name Richard have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,567,700 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 58,860 babies. That's a lot of babies named Richard!
  • Random Richard Factoid: According to the 1940 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Richard ranks 3rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 213 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1940.
  • 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 Iracrhd. 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.

Where is the name Richard popular?

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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

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Allen
  • Lewis
  • Jackson

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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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.

English

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.

Wiktionary

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 With the Name Richard

Richard Nixon

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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Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell is a leading individual.

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Sir Richard Branson

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

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

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

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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  • Dick Van Dyke
    (actor)
  • Richard Pryor
    (comedian)
  • Richard Gere
    (actor)
  • Richard Dawkins
    (scientist)
  • Richard I
    (royalty)
  • Dick Cheney
    (Vice President of the United States)
  • Richard Harris
    (actor)
  • Rick Astley
    (musician)
  • Ricky Whittle
    (actor)
  • Richard Madden
    (actor)
  • Wil Wheaton
    (actor)
  • Moby
    (musician)
  • Richard McDonald
    (entrepreneurship)
  • Richard Burton
    (actor)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Richard

Little 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

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

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 of Coudenhove-Kalergi Richard

Count of Coudenhove-Kalergi Richard was a noteworthy somebody. 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

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

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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  • Richard Allen Cooley

What does the name Richard mean?

Ris for romantic, hopelessly so

Iis for inclusive, never leaving others out

Cis for change, you are able to adapt.

His for heart, warm and loving.

Ais for attractive, inside and out

Ris for romp, you know how to have fun!

Dis for delight, a surprise from within.

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Sources: 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). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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