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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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
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)
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 
^ 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)