GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: RICH-…ôrd (English), ree-SHAHR (French), RIKH-ahrt (German)   [key]
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, leader 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) and American musician Little Richard (1932-).
Related Names
VARIANT: Ricohard (Ancient Germanic)
DIMINUTIVES: Dick, Rich, Richie, Rick, Rickey, Rickie, Ricky, Ricki, Ritchie (English)
FEMININE FORMS: Richelle, Richardine, Rikki (English), Ricarda (German)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Ricard (Catalan), Rikard (Danish), Rikhard, Riku (Finnish), Richárd, Rikárd (Hungarian), Risteárd (Irish), Riccardo (Italian), Rihards (Latvian), Ričardas (Lithuanian), Dicun, Hudde (Medieval English), Rikard (Norwegian), Ryszard (Polish), Ricardo (Portuguese), Rihard (Slovene), Ricardo, Rico (Spanish), Rikard (Swedish), Rhisiart (Welsh)
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