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The name Richeson 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." [1]

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Richardson, Richerson, Richarson and others.

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. 1315-21. 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. [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richeson research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1820, 1576, 1651, 1628, 1569, 1635, 1627, 1674, 1660, 1674, 1689, 1761, 1664, 1714, 1714, 1715, 1690, 1755, 1737 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Richeson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 131 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Richeson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Richeson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Richeson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Ezekiel Richeson, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Barnaby Richeson, who arrived in Virginia in 1639
  • John Richeson, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • Isaac Richeson, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Mark Richeson, who landed in Maryland in 1653


Richeson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jeremiah Richeson, who landed in Virginia in 1703

Richeson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Richeson, who settled in St. John's in 1706

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  • Samuel Richeson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1948
  • Mary Johnson Richeson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1996, 2004
  • Joseph Richeson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004
  • Joe Richeson, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State Board of Education 5th District, 1996
  • Frank S. Richeson, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Senate, 1950; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1952
  • Charles H. Richeson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1928


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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.

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  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Richeson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Richeson 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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