The name Richies arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Richies family lived in Hampshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Riche,
, France, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Another equally valid derivation of the name suggests that it is patronymic
, which means it was adapted from the first name of the original bearer's father. According to this version it comes from the Norman personal name Richard.
Richies is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname,
which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Richies family
The surname Richies was first found in Hampshire
where the first on record include Edmund Rich, Saint Edmund (1175-1240) English churchman, who became Archbishop of Canterbury; and Thomas filius
Ricun, who was in the Rotuli Hundredorum
in Huntingdonshire in 1274.
Early History of the Richies family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richies research.Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1547, 1496, 1567, 1540, 1620, 1594, 1675, 1640, 1587, 1658, 1611, 1659, 1660, 1619, 1673, 1625, 1678, 1601, 1667, 1660, 1648, 1699, 1689, 1699, 1692, 1699, 1657 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Richies History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Richies Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Rich, Riche, Richin, Riching, Richins, Richings and others.
Early Notables of the Richies family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Rich (circa 1496-1567), 1st Baron
Rich, Lord Chancellor of England
during the reign of King Edward VI; Barnabe Rich (1540-1620), English author and soldier; Sir Edwin Rich (c.
1594-1675), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in... Another 114 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Richies Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Richies family to Ireland
Some of the Richies family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Richies family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Richies or a variant listed above: Jo Richings, who arrived in Virginia in 1658; Edward and Elizabeth Rich, who arrived in Virginia in 1663; Miles, Joseph, and Abraham Rich who also came to Virginia in 1663.
The Richies Motto
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: Garde la foy
Motto Translation: Keep the faith.