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The name Riche reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Riche family lived in Hampshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Riche, in Lorraine, France, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Another equally valid derivation of the name suggests that it is patronymic, which means it was adapted from the first name of the original bearer's father. According to this version it comes from the Norman personal name Richard. Riche is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

Riche Early Origins



The surname Riche was first found in Hampshire where the first on record include Edmund Rich, Saint Edmund (1175-1240) English churchman, who became Archbishop of Canterbury; and Thomas filius Ricun, who was in the Rotuli Hundredorum in Huntingdonshire in 1274.

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Riche Spelling Variations


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Riche Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Riche family name include Rich, Riche, Richin, Riching, Richins, Richings and others.

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Riche Early History


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Riche Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riche research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1547, 1496, 1567, 1540, 1620, 1594, 1675, 1640, 1587, 1658, 1611, 1659, 1660, 1619, 1673, 1625, 1678, 1601, 1667, 1660, 1648, 1699, 1689, 1699, 1692, 1699, 1657 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Riche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Riche Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Riche Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Rich (circa 1496-1567), 1st Baron Rich, Lord Chancellor of England during the reign of King Edward VI; Barnabe Rich (1540-1620), English author and soldier; Sir Edwin Rich ( c. 1594-1675), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in...

Another 114 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Riche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Riche In Ireland


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Riche In Ireland



Some of the Riche family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Riche family to immigrate North America:

Riche Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Judith Riche, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Jean Le Riche, who landed in Carolina in 1679

Riche Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Riche, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Jaques Riche, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Jacob Riche settled with his wife and child in Virginia in 1700
  • Patrick Riche, who landed in Virginia in 1751
  • Patrick Riche settled in Virginia in 1751
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Riche Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Riche, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Carl Riche settled in Texas in 1847
  • Mathew Riche, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1864

Riche Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Riche arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
  • Arnote Riche arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
  • John Riche, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Isle of Thanet"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Riche (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Riche (post 1700)



  • Wendy Riche, American five-time Daytime Emmy Award winning executive producer of ABC Daytime's General Hospital
  • Edward Riche (b. 1961), Canadian writer from Newfoundland
  • Pascal Riché (b. 1962), French journalist, co-founder of Rue 89
  • Claude-Antoine-Gaspard Riche (1762-1797), French naturalist on Bruni d'Entrecasteaux's 1791 expedition, eponym of Cape Riche, Australia

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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: Garde la foy
Motto Translation: Keep the faith.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Riche Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riche 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 18 November 2013 at 14:31.

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