What does Richard mean?
Richard /ri-chard/ [2 sylls.] 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.
Richard has 1 more related variation via Ryker: Riker.more]
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. 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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Ryker (#151 last year), Ricardo (#256), Ricky (#519), Ricki, Rickie, Rico, Ritchie, Rickey, Rick, Dickie, Dick, Rich, Richie, Aric and Rickard are the prominent alternative forms of Richard (#141 last year). Usage of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.4059%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.1833%, down 54.8%), with forms like Dick, Rich, Richie, Aric and Dickie falling out of fashion. Ryker (#151), Ricardo (#256) and Ricky (#519) are three of the more trendy boy names here. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Richard and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Rickward. This name tends to be less frequently used than Richard.