Origins Available: English
The name Richings came to England
with the ancestors of the Richings family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Richings 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.
Richings 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 Richings family
The surname Richings 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 Richings family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richings 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 Richings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Richings Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Rich, Riche, Richin, Riching, Richins, Richings and others.
Early Notables of the Richings 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 Richings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Richings family to Ireland
Some of the Richings 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 Richings family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Richings or a variant listed above:
Richings Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jo Richings, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Richings 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.