The meaning of the name “Richard” is: “Strong power; hardy power, rich ruler”.
Additional information: Richard is a name of Germanic origins that was commonly used in different parts of Europe, mainly Britain, France, and Germany. It comes from two Germanic words, “ric" and "hard", which when combined brings the meaning "strong ruler" or "powerful leader". It was first imported to England by the Normans, though it has been used over the years for many members of royal families, but is most famously remembered from Richard I the Lionheart, the King of England during the 12th century who led the Third Holy Crusade.
In 2014, the popularity of the name Richard was continuing a downward trend in many countries. The highest ranking it saw that year was 39th most popular in the Czech Republic and 47th most popular in Hungary. Otherwise, in 2014, it was ranked at 141st most popular in the US, 267th in England and Wales, and was not listed on any other name popularity charts. These ratings are down from its peak years in the mid-1900s. From 1930 to 1947 it was ranked at the 5th most popular boy’s name in the US, and was in the 10 ten for a much longer stretch of time. It Canada it was ranked at 4th most popular in 1954 and 1956. In the Czech Republic, the name peaked at 29th most popular in 1974.
Some of the famous people and celebrities who share the name Richard include Richard Branson, an American entrepreneur; Richard Sherman, an NFL player; Richard Hammond, a journalist; Richard Nixon, a former US President; Richard Gere, an actor; Richard Pryor, an actor; Richard Simmons, an exercise entrepreneur; and Richard Harmon, an actor.
Pronunciation: (RICH urd) Form of: Itself (Richard) Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Cheech Marin, born Richard Anthony Marin, American comedian, actor, voice actor and writer of Mexican origin
Considering Richard as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Richard for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Richard is a boy name.
The name Richard is of French origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially Czech speaking countries, Dutch speaking countries, English speaking countries, French speaking countries, German speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Richard we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Richard Name Meaning
The meaning of Richard is “Strong power; hardy power, rich ruler”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Richard and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Richard and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Richard is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Richard Categories
The name Richard is in the following categories: American Names, Classic Names, Czech Names, Dutch Names, English Names, French Names, German Names, Germanic Names, Movie Star Names, Norman Names, President Names, Teutonic Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Richard. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Richard, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Richard
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Richard displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Richard Boy Name Popularity Chart
Richard Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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