The prominent surname Richi 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 Richi is derived from the Old French name Richard, which is composed of the elements ric, meaning power, and hard, meaning hardy or brave.
Early Origins of the Richi family
The surname Richi 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.
Early History of the Richi family
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Richi Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Richer, Richers, Richey, Richy, Riche, Richert, Richet, Richez, Richi and many more.
Early Notables of the Richi family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Richi family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Bernhard Richer who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1734; John Richer settled in Maryland in 1774; C. Richers and child settled in New York state in 1823.