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

The history of the name Richard goes back the Medieval period to a region known as Britanny. Such a French name was given to a person know for his bravery. The name Richard is derived from the Germanic personal name Richard, which is composed of the elements ric, meaning powerful, and hard, meaning brave or strong.


There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Richard, Richeau, de Richard, De Richard, de la Richard, Richaud, Richart and many more.

First found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the honor of Kerjean, a seigneurie which would ultimately become noblesse as Barons of the Empire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richard research. Another 163 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1839 is included under the topic Early Richard History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Richard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Richard has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Richard were

Richard Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Richard, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Hen Scott Richard, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Maude Richard, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Lawrence Richard, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • David Richard, who arrived in Virginia in 1654

Richard Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Jaques Richard, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700
  • Margaret Richard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1702
  • Andriane Richard, who landed in South Carolina in 1732
  • Bernhartus Richard, aged 29, landed in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Lotharius Richard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Richard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Nancy Richard, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • James Richard, aged 47, landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • Francisco Richard, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Auguste Richard, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1823
  • Lewis Richard, who landed in New York, NY in 1826


  • Christopher Robert "Chris" Richard (b. 1974), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Clayton Colby Richard (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
  • Deb Richard (b. 1963), American former LPGA professional golfer
  • Viola Richard (1904-1973), American actress in the 1930s
  • Major General Ronald G. Richard, retired United States Marine Corps officer, Commanding General of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
  • Rene Richard (1946-2014), American poet, art critic and painter
  • Nathalie Richard (b. 1962), French actress
  • Achille Richard (1794-1852), French botanist and physician
  • Alain Richard (b. 1945), French politician
  • Cyprien Richard (b. 1979), French gold and silver medalist alpine skier



  • American Patriot vs. Hessian Mercenary: Fourteen Generations of the Arnolds, the Maughts, the Richards and Related Families by Lynda Alexander-Fonde.
  • Ball Cousins: Descendants of John and Sarah Ball and of William and Elizabeth Richards of Colonial Philadelphia Co., Penna. by Margaret Biser Kinsy.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Aimer
Motto Translation: Love


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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  7. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Richard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Richard 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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