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Meaning and name origin

Richard \r(i)-cha-rd\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: 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.

For more information, see also related boy names Aric and Baldric.

There are 3 feminine forms of Richard: Ricarda, Richelle and Rickie.


Richard is a very popular first name for males (#7 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#506 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Richard for boys. Richard reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Richard name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Richard and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Richard (#141), Ryker (#151), Ricardo (#256), Ricky (#519), Ricki, Rickie, Rico, Ritchie, Rickey, Rick, Dickie, Dick, Rich, Richie, Aric and Rickard. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aric, Dick, Dickie, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Richie, Rick, Rickey, Ricki in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rickie, Ricky, Rico, Ritchie, Ryker in U.S.

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

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Rickward. This name tends to be less commonly used than Richard.