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What does Richard mean?

Richard /ri-chard/ as a boys' name is pronounced RICH-erd. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Richard is "powerful leader".

Norman name commonly used for the last 900 years except in the 19th century. England's King Richard Coeur de Lion gave the name lasting impressions of kingliness and the exploits of a Crusader knight. See also Ryker. English kings Richard I-III; singer Little Richard; composer Richard Rodgers; actors Richard Burton, Richard Kiley, Richard Gere, Richard Chamberlain; photographer Richard Avedon; American President Richard Nixon; football player Rich Gannon.


Richard has 33 variants: Dick, Dickie, Dicky, Raechard, Ric, Ricard, Ricardo, Riccardo, Rich, Richardo, Richart, Richerd, Richie, Rick, Rickard, Rickert, Rickey, Ricki, Rickie, Ricky, Rico, Rikard, Riki, Rikki, Riocard, Ritchard, Ritcherd, Ritchie, Ritchy, Ritchyrd, Ritshard, Ritsherd and Ryszard.

Related boy names: Aric and Baldric.

Richard has 3 feminine forms: Ricarda, Richelle and Rickie.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Rachard, Raychard, ..

(female) Riale, Risay, ..

How popular is Richard?

Richard is a very popular first name for men (#7 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#581 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


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

Presented below is the baby name history of Richard for boys. Richard reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #141 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Ryker (#151 last year), Ricardo (#256), Ricky (#519), Rico (#1216), Rickey (#1511), Rick (#1711), Richie (#1924), Ricki, Rickard, Rickie, Ritchie, Richardo, Dickie, Dick, Dicky, Ric, Rich, Riccardo and Aric are the prominent alternative forms of Richard (#141 last year). Usage of these forms of Richard was at its highest 7 decades ago (average #1161) and has become significantly diminished since (#1571, 87.8%), with forms like Dickie falling out of fashion. Richard has generally been a favorite of parents, though Ryker has become trendy as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Richard, Aric, Dick, Dickie, Dicky in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ric, Ricardo, Riccardo, Rich, Richardo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Richie, Rick, Rickard, Rickey, Ricki in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rickie, Ricky, Rico, Ritchie, Ryker in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Alhard (see Allard), Archard, Archerd, Burchard, Dainhard (see Dainard), Eckard, Eckhard, Eginhard, Eideard, Einhard, Erhard, Gerhard, Giffard (see Gifford), Girard, Hillard, Kinnard, Meinhard, Millard, Milward, Packard, Racham, Rainhard, Rainhardt, Rashaad, Rashad, Raynard, Reinhard, Reinhardt, Reinhart, Renard, Rennard, Reynard, Richmond, Richy, Rickward, Rickwerd (see Rickward), Riobard, Riyad, Rudyard, Sigvard, Siward, Villard and Willard. These names tend to be less frequently used than Richard.