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Where did the French Richey family come from? What is the French Richey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Richey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Richey family history?The prominent surname Richey originated in France, a country which has been a dominant presence in world affairs for centuries.The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in France were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name.The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. The name Richey is derived from the Old French name Richard, which is composed of the elements ric, meaning power, and hard, meaning hardy or brave.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Richer, Richers, Richey, Richy, Riche, Richert, Richet, Richez, Richi and many more.
First found in Maine where they held a family seat in Breil, and were one of the main aristocratic families of this north-western province on the southern border of Normandy.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richey research. Another 197 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Richey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Richey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Richey Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Richey Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Richey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Richey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Richey 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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