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The prominent surname Richey 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 Richey is derived from the Old French name Richard, which is composed of the elements ric, meaning power, and hard, meaning hardy or brave.

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The surname Richey 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richey research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Richey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Richey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

Richey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Richey, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • Alexander Richey settled in New England in 1718
  • Alexander Richey, who arrived in New England in 1736
  • Mary Richey, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • John Richey, who landed in South Carolina in 1772


Richey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Richey, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Ann Richey, aged 14, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Cath Richey, aged 16, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Charles Richey, aged 44, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Eliza Richey, aged 9, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803


Richey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Richey, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

Richey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Richey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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  • W. R. Richey Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1944
  • Ose Richey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1940
  • Marie Richey, American politician, Representative from Missouri 6th District, 2000
  • L. L. Richey, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 11th District, 1972
  • Kimberly Richey, American Republican politician, Chair of Pontotoc County Republican Party, 2014
  • Gregory B. Richey, American politician, Representative from Ohio 12th District, 2000
  • James E. Richey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1972
  • Earle Richey, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Accra, 1945; Hamilton, 1945
  • August G. Richey, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Mercer County, 1866-68
  • Wade Edward Richey (b. 1976), American NFL football player who played from 1998-2004

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The Richey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Richey 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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