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Where did the English Rikard family come from? What is the English Rikard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rikard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rikard family history?

The name Rikard reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on the Old German name Ricard, meaning powerful and brave.

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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 Rikard have been found, including Richards, Richard, Ricard, Rycard and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat at Hatfield being ancient Lords of the manor of Ricard or Rycard.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rikard research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1379, 1817, 1641, 1668, 1643, 1705, 1694, 1692, 1527, 1522 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Rikard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rikard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Rikard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Rikard were among those contributors: Thomas Richards Jr., who arrived in Nantasket, MA in 1630, aboard the "Mary and John"; William Richards who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Robert Richards, who arrived in Barbados in 1634.

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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: Honore et amore
Motto Translation: With honour and love.

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The Rikard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rikard 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.

This page was last modified on 26 March 2015 at 08:52.

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