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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. Richmond (Richemont) was originally a place in the arrondissement of Neufchatel in Normandy. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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The surname Richmond was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire at Richmond, a borough, market-town, and parish. "The town and castle seem to have been founded in the reign of William the Conqueror, by his nephew Alan Rufus, upon whom he bestowed the whole district, with the title of Earl, and who gave the place the name of 'Rich Mount,' indicating, it is presumed, the value he attached to it. The district had previously belonged to the Saxon Earl Edwin, and the charter, for dispossessing him of his Yorkshire estates, and conferring them on Alan, was granted at the siege of York, in 1069. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Richmond in Surrey was anciently Sheen and was renamed by Henry VII., on his building of a palace there after his own title of Earl of Richmond in Yorkshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richmond research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1630 and are included under the topic Early Richmond History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the Richmond family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 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 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 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
  • Charles B Richmond, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
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Richmond Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Nathaniel Richmond, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Peter Richmond, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Richmond, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Charles Richmond arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • Elizabeth Richmond arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
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Richmond Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Richmond, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • J. Richmond arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilpussund" in 1877
  • John Richmond, aged 25, a fitter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
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  • Brigadier-General Adam Richmond (1889-1959), American Judge Advocate 3rd Army in 1941
  • Mrs. Byron L. Richmond, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1939
  • Allen D. Richmond, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 23rd District, 1903-04
  • Albert E. Richmond, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County 2nd District, 1852
  • A. C. Richmond, American politician, Delegate to South Carolina State Constitutional Convention from Berkeley County, 1868
  • A. B. Richmond, American politician, Burgess of Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1854
  • Cedric Richmond, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 2004
  • Charles Richmond, American politician, U.S. Consul in Lahaina, 1860-61
  • Charles E. Richmond, American politician, Village President of Rockville Centre, New York; Elected 1926
  • Charles H. Richmond (b. 1821), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention, 1867; Member of Michigan State Senate 4th District, 1883-84
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  • Reminiscences of the Baylies and Richmond Families by Mary Richmond Baylies Allen.
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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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