The history of the name De 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 De richard is derived from the Germanic personal name
Richard, which is composed of the elements ric, meaning powerful, and hard, meaning brave or strong.
Early Origins of the De richard family
The surname De richard was 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.
Early History of the De richard family
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De richard Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name De richard, including Richard, Richeau, de Richard, De Richard, de la Richard, Richaud, Richart and many more.
Early Notables of the De richard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the De richard family to the New World and Oceana
Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name De richard has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name De richard were Marin Richard arrived in Quebec from Normandy
in 1669; Jean Richard arrived in Quebec from Anjou
in 1700; Francois (1710), Francois (1747), and Michel (1746) arrived in Quebec from Brittany.
The De richard Motto
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