Richin is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Richin 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.
Richin 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 Richin family
The surname Richin 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 Richin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richin 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 Richin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Richin Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Richin include Rich, Riche, Richin, Riching, Richins, Richings and others.
Early Notables of the Richin 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 Richin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Richin family to Ireland
Some of the Richin family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Richin family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Richins to arrive on North American shores: 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 Richin 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.