Meaning & History
Means "brave power", derived from the Germanic elements ric "power, rule" and hard "brave, hardy". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, and it has been very common there since that time. It was borne by three kings of England including Richard I the Lionheart, one of the leaders of the Third Crusade in the 12th century.Famous bearers include two German opera composers, Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and Richard Strauss (1864-1949), as well as British explorer Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890), American physicist Richard Feynman (1918-1988) and American musician Little Richard (1932-).
DiminutivesDick, Rich, Richie, Rick, Rickey, Ricki, Rickie, Ricky, Ritchie(English) Riško, Rišo(Slovak)
Other Languages & CulturesRicard(Catalan) Rikard(Danish) Rikhard, Riku(Finnish) Richárd(Hungarian) Risteárd(Irish) Riccardo(Italian) Rihards, Ričards(Latvian) Ričardas(Lithuanian) Dicun, Hudde(Medieval English) Rikard(Norwegian) Ryszard(Polish) Ricardo(Portuguese) Rihard(Slovene) Ricardo, Rico(Spanish) Rikard(Swedish) Rhisiart(Welsh)
Richard I of England at the Battle of Arsuf, by Gustave Doré (1875)
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