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Where did the English Richmond family come from? What is the English Richmond family crest and coat of arms? When did the Richmond family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Richmond family history?

Richmond is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Richmond family lived in Yorkshire, at Richmond. This local name indicated that its original bearer hailed from Richmond, a location which takes its name from the Norman personal name Richard, meaning brave and strong.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Richmond has been recorded under many different variations, including Richmond, Richmond, Richman and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richmond research. Another 197 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Richmond History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Richmond Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Richmond family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 130 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Richmonds were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Richmond Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Richmond, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • John Richmond settled in Virginia in 1654 with Eleanor his wife
  • Tho Richmond, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • George Richmond, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • Daniel Richmond, who landed in Maryland in 1678

Richmond Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Robert Richmond settled in Philadelphia in 1754
  • Ann Richmond, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • Anne Richmond settled in Virginia with her husband in 1761
  • John Richmond settled in Philadelphia in 1774

Richmond Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Richmond, who landed in America in 1810
  • Archibald Richmond, aged 28, landed in New York in 1812
  • John Richmond, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • H E Richmond, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Chas B Richmond, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


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  • Jonathan Richmond (1774-1853), U.S. Representative from New York
  • Frederick William Richmond (b. 1923), American former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Danny Richmond (b. 1984), American professional ice hockey player
  • Mitch Richmond (b. 1965), American basketball player
  • Julius Benjamin Richmond (1916-2008), United States Surgeon General from 1977 to 1981
  • Brigadier-General Adam Richmond (1889-1959), American Judge Advocate 3rd Army in 1941
  • George Richmond (1809-1896), English painter
  • Admiral Sir Herbert William Richmond KCB (1871-1946), prominent English naval officer
  • Sir Clifford Richmond KBE (1914-1997), New Zealand Judge
  • Sir John Richmond KCMG (1909-1990), British Diplomat and author


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  • Reminiscences of the Baylies and Richmond Families by Mary Richmond Baylies Allen.
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The Richmond Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Richmond Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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