Richey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Richey family

The surname Richey was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1086 when Richerious, a monk, held estates in that county.

Early History of the Richey family

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Richey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Richer, Ricker, Reacher, Rickers, Richers and many more.

Early Notables of the Richey family (pre 1700)

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United States Richey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Richey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Susan Richey, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
Richey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Richey, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]
  • Alexander Richey, who settled in New England in 1718
  • Alexander Richey, who arrived in New England in 1736 [1]
  • Mary Richey, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 [1]
  • John Richey, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Richey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Richey, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Ann Richey, aged 14, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803 [1]
  • Cath Richey, aged 16, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803 [1]
  • Charles Richey, aged 44, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803 [1]
  • Eliza Richey, aged 9, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Richey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Richey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Richey, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

New Zealand Richey migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Richey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Richey, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Richey (post 1700) +

  • Wade Edward Richey (b. 1976), American NFL football player who played from 1998-2004
  • Ronald K. Richey (1926-2010), American CEO of Torchmark Corporation
  • Nancy Richey (b. 1942), American tennis player who won two Grand Slam singles titles (1967 and 1968) and four Grand Slam women's doubles titles, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Lee Richey, American radio personality
  • Kimberly Kay "Kim" Richey (b. 1956), American singer-songwriter
  • Kelly Richey (b. 1962), American blues musician
  • Joseph "Joe" Richey (1931-1995), American basketball player, an All-American at Brigham Young University (BYU)
  • Helen Richey (1909-1947), American aviator, the first woman to be hired as a pilot by a commercial airline in the United States
  • George Richey (1935-2010), born George Baker Richardson, American songwriter and record producer, married to Tammy Wynette from 1978 until her death in 1998
  • Dan Richey (b. 1948), American political consultant and politician, member of the Louisiana State Senate (District 32) (1980-1984)
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight TWA 800
  • Mr. Brent Leon Richey (1970-1996), from California, USA, American passenger with fiancée Seana Michele Anderson flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [2]


  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. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm


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