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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Riche

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From Middle English riche, ryche (also rike), from Old English rīċe (“power, authority, might, dominion, rule, empire, reign”), from Proto-Germanic *rīkiją (“realm, power”), from Proto-Indo-European *(o)reǵ- (“to straighten, direct”). Cognate with Scots rik, Dutch rijk, German Reich, Swedish rike, Icelandic ríki, Latin regnum. More at rich.

  1. (obsolete) A kingdom.

riche was also found in the following language(s): French, Middle English, Middle French, Norman, Old French, and Venetian

Notable Persons With the Last Name Riche

Jean-Baptiste Riché was a 6th President of Haiti. Jean-Baptiste was born in Grande-Rivière-du-Nord. He breathed his last breath on February 27th, 1847.



Nicolas was born in 1972 in Yvelines.


William Harding le Riche was an epidemiologist and epidemiology. William was born on March 21st, 1916 in Dewetsdorp, Orange Free State, Republic of South Africa. He died on December 31st, 2010.


Claude was born in 1762. He left this life in 1797.


Louis was born on May 29th, 1877. He breathed his last breath in 1949.


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Popularity of Riche as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Riche U.S.
  White 67.85% 64.26%
  African American 24.94% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.36% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.48% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.68% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.69% 16.26%

Of Last Name Riche

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

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Fun Facts about the name Riche

  • How Popular is the name Riche? As a last name Riche was the 17,063rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Riche first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Riche is Sunday, August 8th, 1915.
  • How unique is the name Riche? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Riche. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Riche: Your name in reverse order is Ehcir. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cirhe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Riche? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,664 people with the last name Riche.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Riche? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Riche as their last name since less than 1 person in 179k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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