Richer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prominent surname Richer originated in France, a country which has been a dominant presence in world affairs for centuries.The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in France were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name.The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. The name Richer is derived from the Old French name Richard, which is composed of the elements ric, meaning power, and hard, meaning hardy or brave.

Early Origins of the Richer family

The surname Richer was first found in Maine where they held a family seat in Breil, and were one of the main aristocratic families of this north-western province on the southern border of Normandy.

Early History of the Richer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richer research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Richer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Richer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Richer, Richers, Richey, Richy, Riche, Richert, Richet, Richez, Richi and many more.

Early Notables of the Richer family (pre 1700)

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United States Richer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Richer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Bernhard Richer who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Bernhart Richer, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Conrad Richer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • John Richer, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Richer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charlotte Richer, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Wilhelm Richer, aged 6, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]

Canada Richer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Richer Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Miss Jeanne Richer, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 1st April 1641 [2]
  • Pierre Richer, son of Jean and Marie, who married Dorothée Brassard, daughter of Antoine and Françoise, in Quebec on 5th october 1671 [3]
Richer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Richer, son of Pierre and Marguerite, who married Marie-Catherine Barbau, daughter of François and Marguerite, in Montreal, Quebec on 24th May 1716 [3]
  • Pierre Richer, who settled in Quebec in 1716 from Aunis on the west coast of France near Bordeaux
  • François Richer, son of Jacques and Marie, who married Marie-Anne Brunet, daughter of Jacques and Jeanne, in Saint-Laurent, Quebec on 18th October 1723 [3]
  • Pierre Richer, son of Pierre and Dorothée, who married Marie-Charlotte Hamel, daughter of Jean and Christine-Charlotte, in Quebec on 4th May 1726 [3]
  • François Richer, son of Jacques and Marie, who married Marie-Josephte Le Normand, daughter of Pierre and Marguerite, in Sault-au-Récollet, Quebec on 11th October 1745 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Richer (post 1700) +

  • Robert Richer, American associate deputy director of operations of the United States Central Intelligence Agency
  • Stephen B. Richer (b. 1946), American Democrat politician, Candidate for New Jersey State House of Assembly, 1969, 1971; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980 [4]
  • Jean Richer (1630-1696), French astronomer
  • Julian Richer, English businessman and founder of the British hifi retail chain "Richer Sounds"
  • Stéphane Richer (b. 1966), Canadian professional ice hockey left winger

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Harold E Richer (b. 1910), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Hastings, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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