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Where did the English Richards family come from? What is the English Richards family crest and coat of arms? When did the Richards family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Richards family history?Richards is one of the names carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is based on the Old German name Ricard, meaning powerful and brave.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richards 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 Richards History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Richards Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Richards 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.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Richards or a variant listed above:
Richards Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Richards, who settled in Virginia in 1620
- Thomas Richards Jr. who arrived in Nantasket, Massachusetts in 1630, aboard the "Mary and John"
- James and Ann Richards, who settled in Nantasket in 1630
- Robert Richards, who arrived in Barbados in 1634
- Anne Richards, who landed in New England in 1634
Richards Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hendry Richards, who arrived in North Carolina in 1748
- Alexander Richards, aged 70, arrived in Massachusetts in 1755
- Abraham Richards, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1772
- Henry Richards, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1791
- Hudnol Richards, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798
Richards Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Adam Richards, who arrived in South Carolina in 1811
- George Richards, who arrived in New York, NY in 1828
- Guadalupe Richards, who arrived in Texas in 1835
- Catharine Richards, who landed in New York in 1835
- Isaac Richards, who arrived in New York in 1837
Richards Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Edward Richards, who landed in Canada in 1816
- James Richards, aged 19, a tinman, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Amynta" from Plymouth
Richards Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Richards, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- John Richards, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- Christopher Richards, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Richards, a blacksmith, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Thomas Richards, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Richards Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Joseph Manuel Richards, aged 27, a carpenter, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Ann Richards, aged 27, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Frederick Richards, aged 3, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Louis Richards, aged 10 months, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- James Richards, aged 22, a tailor, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Theodore William Richards (1868-1928), American chemist, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1914
- Dickinson Woodruff Richards (1895-1973), American physician
- Paul William Richards (b. 1964), NASA Astronaut with over 307 hours in space
- Captain (USN Ret.) Richard Noel "Dick" Richards (b. 1946), former NASA astronaut with over 33 days in space
- Denise Lee Richards (b. 1971), American actress and former fashion model
- Deke Richards (1944-2013), born Dennis Lussier, American songwriter and record producer
- Mrs. Sarah Richards (1844-1914), née Street American Second Class Passenger from Terre Haute, Wisconsin, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
- Mr. George Richards (1842-1914), American Second Class Passenger from Terre Haute, Wisconsin, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
- Mr. Thomas Henry Richards, American 2nd Class passenger from Meaderville, Montana, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Master Cecil Harry Richards, American 2nd Class passenger from Meaderville, Montana, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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 Richards Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Richards 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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