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The history of the name 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 Richard is derived from the Germanic personal name Richard, which is composed of the elements ric, meaning powerful, and hard, meaning brave or strong.

Richard Early Origins



The surname 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.

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Richard Spelling Variations


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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.

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Richard Early History


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Richard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richard research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1839 is included under the topic Early Richard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Richard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Richard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Richard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. 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
  • 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
  • ... (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
  • 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
  • ... (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
  • 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 Isle 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"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Richard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Richard (post 1700)



  • Michel Louis-Marie Richard (1948-2016), French-born, American chef
  • Zeline Richard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1968
  • Theodore J. Richard, American politician, First Selectman of Norwich, Connecticut, 1947-49
  • Walter J. T. Richard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1948
  • Terry Richard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2000
  • T. J. Richard, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1908
  • Rick Richard, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 123rd District, 1992
  • Paul G. Richard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 2008
  • Otis Richard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1968
  • Matthew Richard, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arkansas, 2008
  • ... (Another 47 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Richard Historic Events


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Richard Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Mary Wesley  Richard (1875-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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

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Suggested Readings for the name Richard


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Suggested Readings for the name Richard



  • 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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Motto


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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: Aimer
Motto Translation: Love


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. 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. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    10. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
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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.

    This page was last modified on 17 November 2014 at 09:22.

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