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Richman is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Richman family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Richman family lived in Yorkshire, at Richmond. This local name indicated that its original bearer hailed from Richmond, a location which takes its name from the Norman personal name Richard, meaning brave and strong. Richmond (Richemont) was originally a place in the arrondissement of Neufchatel in Normandy. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Richman Early Origins



The surname Richman was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire at Richmond, a borough, market-town, and parish. "The town and castle seem to have been founded in the reign of William the Conqueror, by his nephew Alan Rufus, upon whom he bestowed the whole district, with the title of Earl, and who gave the place the name of 'Rich Mount,' indicating, it is presumed, the value he attached to it. The district had previously belonged to the Saxon Earl Edwin, and the charter, for dispossessing him of his Yorkshire estates, and conferring them on Alan, was granted at the siege of York, in 1069. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Richmond in Surrey was anciently Sheen and was renamed by Henry VII., on his building of a palace there after his own title of Earl of Richmond in Yorkshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Richman Spelling Variations


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Richman Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Richman have been found, including Richmond, Richmond, Richman and others.

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Richman Early History


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Richman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richman research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1630 and are included under the topic Early Richman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Richman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Richman Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Richman In Ireland


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Richman In Ireland



Some of the Richman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Richman were among those contributors:

Richman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margaret Richman, who arrived in Maryland in 1660

Richman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Richman, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Hans Richman, aged 38, landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Hans Richman, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1741
  • Adam Richman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • John Richman, who landed in North Carolina in 1748

Richman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Richman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803

Richman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Frances Richman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm
  • Henry John Richman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm
  • John Henry Richman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm
  • Sophia Richman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Richman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Richman (post 1700)



  • William Richman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1920, 1924, 1944
  • Todd Richman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996
  • Philip Richman, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 5th District, 1952
  • Ralph E. Richman, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 23rd District, 1958, 1960; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1960
  • Moses Richman Jr., American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1838-39
  • Mike Richman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • Martin Richman, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 17th District, 1992
  • Jonathan Richman, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1822
  • Jacqueline Richman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980
  • Isaiah W. Richman, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Cumberland County, 1876
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Richman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Richman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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