The name Richason was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Old German name "Ricard," meaning "powerful" and "brave." CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early Origins of the Richason family
The surname Richason was first found in Cheshire
in 1067 where they were descended from Hugh d'Avranche, Earl Lupus of Chester. His descendant, William Belwood, Lord of Malpas in Cheshire
, had two sons, David and Richard. Richard's grandson John was the first to bear the name Richardson.
Years later the Yorkshire Poll Tax records revealed William Richardson in 1381 and further north in Scotland, Thome filius Ricardi held a charter of the barony of Symundestone in Lanark c. 1315-1321. A few years later, Laurence filius Ricardi was a tenant of the Earl of Douglas in Louchurde in 1376. Murdac Richardesson, a Scottish merchant complained the English had sunk his vessel during a truce in 1359. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Richason family
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Richason Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Richason family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Dame
Elizabeth Richardson, 1st Lady Cramond (1576-1651), English writer whose peerage was created for her in 1628; Sir Thomas Richardson (1569-1635), Chief Justice of the King's Bench; Thomas Richardson... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Richason Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Richason family to Ireland
Some of the Richason family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Richason family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry Richardson and his wife Mary who settled in New England
in 1637 with their five children; David Richardson, who arrived in Virginia in 1674; Peter Richardson, who settled in Virginia in 1638.
Contemporary Notables of the name Richason (post 1700)
- Benjamin F. Richason Jr. (b. 1969), American past President of the National Council for Geographic Education
The Richason 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: Virtute acquiritur honos
Motto Translation: Honour is aquired by virtue.