Richard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the name Richard goes back the Medieval period to a region known as Brittany (French: Bretagne). Such a French name was given to a person known for his bravery. The name Richard is derived from the Germanic personal name of Richard, which is composed of the elements "ric", meaning "powerful", and "hard", meaning "brave" or "strong".

Early Origins of the Richard family

The surname Richard was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the honour of Kerjean, a seigneurie which would ultimately become noblesse as Barons of the Empire.

By the 15th century many of the family name had branched eastward to Lorraine, where the name seemed to become most prolific. Meanwhile, they also emerged in other locations throughout France including Aboncourt in Lorraine, Dauphine, Bressel in Neufchatel, Pichon in île-de-France, Prade in Lyonnais, Vaux in Roannais, Ruffey in Bourgogne, Pontreau in Berry, in Brittany at Pervenchere, Primaudaye, and in Coetaufao. François Richard was a French industrialist who died in 1839.

Marin Richard, son of Jean and Guillemette (née Bertin), is recorded as one of the first members of the Richard family to come to New France in the 17th century. He is viewed as the primary ancestor for the Richard families in Canada. Marin eventually settled at Saint-Charles-des-Grandines and married Marie-Madeleine Grandjean, daughter of Philippe and Claude (née Argentiere), in Quebec on 21st October 1669. [1]

Important Dates for the Richard family

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Richard Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Richard family (pre 1700)

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Richard migration to the United States

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 United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Richard, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [2]
  • Hen Scott Richard, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Maude Richard, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [2]
  • Lawrence Richard, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [2]
  • David Richard, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Richard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jaques Richard, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700 [2]
  • Margaret Richard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1702 [2]
  • Andriane Richard, who landed in South Carolina in 1732 [2]
  • Bernhartus Richard, aged 29, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734 [2]
  • Lotharius Richard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Richard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nancy Richard, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]
  • James Richard, aged 47, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813 [2]
  • Francisco Richard, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816 [2]
  • Auguste Richard, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1823 [2]
  • Lewis Richard, who landed in New York, NY in 1826 [2]
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Richard migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Richard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Jacques Richard, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 30th April 1644 [3]
  • Mr. Clément Richard, French labourer travelling to Canada to work for Antoine Grignon, Pierre Gaigneur, and Jacques Massé, arriving on 3rd March 1657 [3]
  • Clement Richard, aged 23, who landed in Canada in 1657
  • Marin Richard, who arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1669
  • Marin Richard, son of Jean and Guilmette, married Marie-Madeleine Granjon, daughter of Philippe and Claude, in Quebec on 21st October 1669 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Richard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean Richard, son of Austrille and Marie, married Marie Renaud, daughter of Pierre-André and Françoise, in L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec on 18th October 1700 [4]
  • Pierre Richard, son of Pierre and Marguerite, married Marguerite Pagé, daughter of Robert and Marguerite, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 16th November 1700 [4]
  • Jean Richard, who arrived in Quebec from Anjou in 1700
  • François Richard, son of Pierre and Marguerite, married Marie-Angélique Bertrand, daughter of Guillaume and Marguerite, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 30th January 1702 [4]
  • Louis Richard, son of Pierre and Marguerite, married Marie-Thérèse Pérette, daughter of Jacques and Louise, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 21st November 1708 [4]
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Richard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Ann Richard, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Nelson's Village" departing 10th May 1847 from Belfast, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but she died on board [5]
  • Miss. Maria Richard, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Nelson's Village" departing 10th May 1847 from Belfast, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but she died on board [5]
  • Miss. Mary Ann Richard who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing 15th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but she died on board [5]

Richard migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Richard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Richard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847 [6]
  • Mr. Charles Richard, (b. 1827), aged 22, Cornish wellsinker travelling aboard the ship "Labuan" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 11th February 1849 [7]
  • Mr. Charles Richard, (b. 1827), aged 22, Cornish well sinker travelling aboard the ship "Labuan" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 11th February 1849 [8]
  • James Richard, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Thetis" [9]
  • Cathe. Richard, aged 22, a seamstress, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander" [10]
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Richard migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Richard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary Ann Richard, aged 27, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
  • John Richard, aged 41, a miller, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Anna Richard, aged 31, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Thomas J. Richard, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Henry J. Richard, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name Richard (post 1700)

  • Belton Richard (1939-2017), American Cajun accordionist
  • Michel Louis-Marie Richard (1948-2016), French-born, American chef
  • Zeline Richard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1968 [11]
  • Walter J. T. Richard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1948 [11]
  • Theodore J. Richard, American politician, First Selectman of Norwich, Connecticut, 1947-49
  • Terry Richard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2000 [11]
  • T. J. Richard, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1908 [11]
  • Rick Richard, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 123rd District, 1992 [11]
  • Paul G. Richard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 2008 [11]
  • Otis Richard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1968 [11]
  • ... (Another 49 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Richard family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Mary Wesley  Richard (1875-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Emile Philippe Richard (d. 1912), aged 23, French Second Class passenger from Paris, France who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 93)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CRESSY 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Cressy.htm
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THETIS 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Thetis.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Lysander.htm
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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