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Where did the English Richard family come from? What is the English Richard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Richard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Richard family history?

The name Richard was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Richard is based on the Old German name Ricard, meaning powerful and brave.

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Richards, Richard, Ricard, Rycard and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat at Hatfield being ancient Lords of the manor of Ricard or Rycard.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richard research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1379, 1817, 1641, 1668, 1643, 1705, 1694, 1692, 1527, 1522 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Richard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Richard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Richard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Richard or a variant listed above:

Richard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Richard, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Hen Scott Richard, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Maude Richard, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Lawrence Richard, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • David Richard, who arrived in Virginia in 1654


Richard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jaques Richard, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700
  • Margaret Richard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1702
  • Andriane Richard, who landed in South Carolina in 1732
  • Bernhartus Richard, aged 29, landed in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Lotharius Richard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753


Richard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Nancy Richard, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • James Richard, aged 47, landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • Francisco Richard, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Auguste Richard, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1823
  • Lewis Richard, who landed in New York, NY in 1826


Richard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Jacques Richard, who arrived in Canada in 1644
  • Clement Richard, aged 23, landed in Canada in 1657
  • Marin Richard arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1669

Richard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Jean Richard arrived in Quebec from Anjou in 1700
  • Bernard Richard arrived in Quebec in 1714 from Guyenne
  • Pierre and Louis Richard arrived in Quebec in 1716 from Ile de France
  • Marie Richard, aged 44, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767

Richard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Richard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847
  • Mary Richard, aged 47, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851
  • Catherine Richard, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851
  • Eliza Richard, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851
  • James Richard, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Thetis"


Richard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Mary Ann Richard, aged 27, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
  • John Richard, aged 41, a miller, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Anna Richard, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Thomas J. Richard, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Henry J. Richard, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874


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  • Christopher Robert "Chris" Richard (b. 1974), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Clayton Colby Richard (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
  • Deb Richard (b. 1963), American former LPGA professional golfer
  • Viola Richard (1904-1973), American actress in the 1930s
  • Major General Ronald G. Richard, retired United States Marine Corps officer, Commanding General of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
  • Rene Richard (1946-2014), American poet, art critic and painter
  • Dame Alison Fettes Richard DBE, DL (b. 1948), English academic, the 344th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the first female Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge
  • Maurice "Rocket" Richard (1921-2000), Canadian NHL ice hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens, the first to achieve the feat of 50 goals in 50 games, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961
  • Henri Richard (b. 1936), Canadian former professional ice hockey player
  • Nathalie Richard (b. 1962), French actress

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  • American Patriot vs. Hessian Mercenary: Fourteen Generations of the Arnolds, the Maughts, the Richards and Related Families by Lynda Alexander-Fonde.
  • Ball Cousins: Descendants of John and Sarah Ball and of William and Elizabeth Richards of Colonial Philadelphia Co., Penna. by Margaret Biser Kinsy.
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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: Honore et amore
Motto Translation: With honour and love.

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The Richard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Richard 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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