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What does Richard mean?

Richard Pronunciation of 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH powerful, leader, norman, 19th century, england, lion, knight (warrior), little


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, Ryszard

SEE ALSO Aric, Baldric

FEMININE FORMS Ricarda, Richelle, Rickie



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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 #188 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Richard name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Ryker (#122 LAST YEAR), Ricardo (#306), Ricky (#681), Rico (#1353), Rick (#1872), Ritchie, Rickie, Ricki, Rickey, Rickard, Aric, Dick, Richardo, Rich, Riccardo, Ric, Dicky, Dickie and Richie are the prominent alternative forms of Richard (#188). Usage of these forms of Richard was at its highest 8 decades ago (AVERAGE #1161) and has become significantly diminished since (#1626, 88.6%), with forms like Aric falling out of fashion. Richard has generally been a favorite of parents, though Ryker has become trendy as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Richard, Aric, Dick, Dickie, Dicky in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ric, Ricardo, Riccardo, Rich, Richardo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Richie, Rick, Rickard, Rickey, Ricki in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rickie, Ricky, Rico, Ritchie, Ryker in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike 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.

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