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Riches is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Riches 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. Riches 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.

Riches Early Origins



The surname Riches 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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Riches Spelling Variations


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Riches Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Riches are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Riches include Rich, Riche, Richin, Riching, Richins, Richings and others.

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Riches Early History


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Riches Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riches 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 Riches History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Riches Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Riches 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 Riches Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Riches In Ireland


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Riches In Ireland



Some of the Riches 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



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Riches, or a variant listed above:

Riches Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Riches, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Mathew Riches, who landed in Virginia in 1705

Riches Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Riches, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • Samuel Riches, aged 27, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • Samuel Riches, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • William A. Riches (aged 38), a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Riches (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Riches (post 1700)



  • Adam Riches (b. 2011), English comedian, winner of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award
  • David Riches, Scottish bronze medalist rower at the 1986 Commonwealth Games
  • Steven Alexander Riches (b. 1976), Australian football midfielder
  • John Riches (1920-1999), Welsh cricketer
  • Tom Hurry Riches (1846-1911), British engineer, Locomotive Superintendent of the Taff Vale Railway (18731911), President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (19071908)
  • The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Riches (1908-1999), British Anglican Bishop of Dorchester (1952-1957) and Lincoln (1957-1974)
  • General Sir Ian Hurry Riches KCB DSO RM (1908-1996), British Royal Marines officer, Commandant General Royal Marines
  • Naomi Joy Riches MBE (b. 1983), British gold medalist adaptive rower at the 2012 Summer Paralympics
  • Norman Vaughan Hurry Riches (1883-1975), Welsh cricketer who played from 1925 through 1934

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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



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Riches Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riches 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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