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Richard 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. Ricardo is a popular Spanish and Portuguese form; Riccardo is Italian; Rikard is Scandinavian. See also Ryker. English kings Richard I-III; rock celebrity 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 names Aric and Baldric.

A suggested similar baby name is Rickward.

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Popularity of Richard

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

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