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What does Ricardo mean?

Ricardo [ri-car-do] as a name for boys is of Old German origin, and the meaning of the name Ricardo is "powerful leader". Ricardo is a Spanish, Portuguese form of Richard (Old German). See also Rico.

Associated with: powerful, leader.


Ricardo has 1 variant: Riccardo.

Ricardo has 9 more relations via Richard: Ricard, Richardo, Richart, Richerd, Rickard, Rico, Rikard, Riocard and Ritchard.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Ricardon, Roycardo, ..

(female) Ricarla, Ricarra, ..

How popular is Ricardo?

Ricardo is a very prominent first name for males (#191 out of 1220, Top 16%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#11123 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name statistics of Ricardo for boys. Ricardo reached its highest position of #115 in the U.S. in the year 1992, and is at #256 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ricardo name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ricardo outside U.S.

Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Ricardo and corresponding names. Riccardo, Richard (#141 the previous year), Richardo, Rickard and Rico (#1216) are the popular alternative forms of Ricardo (#256 the previous year). Usage of these forms of Ricardo reached its peak during the years 1930-1939 (adoption of 3.1%) and is now much lower (adoption 0.2%, 93% less), with the version Richard becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ricardo, Riccardo, Richard, Richardo, Rickard, Rico in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Richard, Rickard outside U.S.

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Alcado, Baiardo, Bajardo (see Bayard), Bardo, Bucardo, Duardo, Edgardo, Edoardo, Eduardo, Edwardo, Gerardo, Giraldo, Jerardo, Nardo, Reardon, Reinaldo, Renado, Renaldo, Renard, Renardo, Reynardo, Ricco, Rickward, Rinaldo, Riobard, Riyad, Riyadh, Rolando, Ronaldo, Rosario and Rufaro. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ricardo.