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The name Richardson was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Old German name "Ricard," meaning "powerful" and "brave." [1]

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The surname Richardson was first found in Cheshire in 1067 where they were descended from Hugh d'Avranche, Earl Lupus of Chester. His descendant, William Belwood, Lord of Malpas in Cheshire, had two sons, David and Richard. Richard's grandson John was the first to bear the name Richardson. Years later the Yorkshire Poll Tax records revealed William Richardson in 1381 and further north in Scotland, Thome filius Ricardi held a charter of the barony of Symundestone in Lanark c. 1315-21. A few years later, Laurence filius Ricardi was a tenant of the Earl of Douglas in Louchurde in 1376. Murdac Richardesson, a Scottish merchant complained the English had sunk his vessel during a truce in 1359. [2]

Spelling variations of this family name include: Richardson, Richerson, Richarson and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richardson research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1820, 1576, 1651, 1628, 1569, 1635, 1627, 1674, 1660, 1674, 1689, 1761, 1664, 1714, 1714, 1715, 1690, 1755, 1737 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Richardson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 131 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Richardson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Richardson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Richardson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Richardson, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • William Richardson, who arrived in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Thomas Richardson, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Ezekiel Richardson, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Henrie Richardson, aged 21, arrived in Virginia in 1635


Richardson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Sara Richardson, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Roger Richardson, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Rachel Richardson, who arrived in New England in 1716
  • Harbart Richardson, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • Ann Richardson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1723-1724


Richardson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jonathan Richardson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Nathaniel Richardson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Samuel Richardson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Hugh Richardson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Felix A Richardson, who landed in Texas in 1835


Richardson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • James Richardson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Philip Richardson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Edward Richardson, who was a soldier of St. John's in 1756
  • Christ Richardson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mrs. Jane Richardson U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 538 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA


Richardson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Thos Richardson, who landed in Canada in 1815
  • Ellen Richardson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Benjamin A Richardson, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Caleb Richardson, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Emery Osgood Richardson, who landed in Canada in 1836


Richardson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Jas M Richardson, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Mabel Richardson, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • William H Richardson, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Richardson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Richardson, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Matthew Richardson, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Thomas Richardson, a gardener, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Alfred Richardson, a shipwright, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Richardson, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia


Richardson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Richardson, aged 32, a builder, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • James Robert Richardson, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Eliza Richardson, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Thomas Richardson, aged 38, a bricklayer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Delia Richardson, aged 37, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841


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  • H. B. "Spec" Richardson (1922-2016), American General Manager for the Houston Astros from 1967 until 1975
  • Willie Louis Richardson (1939-2016), American professional football wide receiver who played from 1963 to 1971
  • Mike Richardson (b. 1950), American film producer and the founder of Dark Horse Comics
  • Henry Richardson (1889-1963), American who won two bronze Olympic medals for archery at the 1904 and 1908 games
  • Jay P. Richardson (1959-2013), American musician, son of The Big Bopper
  • Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson Jr. (1930-1959), known as The Big Bopper, an American disc jockey, singer, and songwriter best known for his recording of "Chantilly Lace," killed in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Vallens, on according to Don McLean's song, the Day that Music Died
  • Elliot Lee Richardson (1920-1999), American lawyer, politician and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Robert Coleman Richardson (1937-2013), American experimental physicist who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Physics
  • John G. Richardson, American Republican politician, Mayor of Bath, Maine, 1878-80
  • John H. Richardson (b. 1814), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 7th District, 1872; Member of Michigan State Senate 30th District, 1883-84

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  • Minnie Mallory Boyett, Hagan, Pullen. Radford, Goggans, Peterson, and Richardson Kin by Woodrow W. Boyett.
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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: Virtute acquiritur honos
Motto Translation: Honour is aquired by virtue.

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  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Richardson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Richardson 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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