What does Richard mean?
Richard [richard]▼ 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.
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, RyszardCREATIVE FORMS
(male) Rachard, Rochard, ..
(female) MIDDLE NAME PAIRINGS
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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)
Richard reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #155 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Ryker (#149 LAST YEAR), Ricardo (#275), Ricky (#584), Rico (#1421), Rickey (#1755), Rick (#1838), Rickard, Rickie, Ricki, Ritchie, Richardo, Dicky, Dickie, Dick, Ric, Riccardo, Aric, Rich and Richie are the prominent alternative forms of Richard (#155). Usage of these forms of Richard was at its highest 8 decades ago (AVERAGE #1161) and has become significantly diminished since (#1608, ▼88.5%), with forms like Dickie falling out of fashion. Richard has generally been a favorite of parents, though Ryker has become trendy as well.
Similar NamesRecommended 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.See names in meaning and etymology.