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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.
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
Richard Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Richard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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 Translation: Love
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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