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Meaning and Name Origin

Richard \r(i)-cha-rd\ 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.

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

Richard has 1 more related variation via Ryker: Riker.

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


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

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

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Richard and affiliated names. Prominent alternative forms of Richard (#141 last year) listed in the Top 1000 are Ryker (#151 last year), Ricardo (#256), Ricky (#519), Ricki, Rickie, Rico, Ritchie, Rickey, Rick, Dickie, Dick, Rich, Richie, Aric and Rickard. Usage of these boy names was at its highest during 1950-1959 and has become significantly less since, with forms like Rickey, Rickie, Rico, Ritchie and Rick falling out of fashion. Ryker (#151), Ricardo (#256) and Ricky (#519) are three of the more trendy boy names here. (2014 Birth 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 outside U.S.

Similar Names

A recommended similar baby name is Rickward. This name tends to be less frequently used than Richard.