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PronouncedPron.RICH-ərd English
REE-khart German

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-).
VariantRicohard Ancient Germanic
DiminutivesDick, Rich, Richie, Rick, Rickey, Ricki, Rickie, Ricky, Ritchie English Riško, Rišo Slovak
Feminine FormsRichelle, Richardine, Rikki English Ricarda German
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
Same SpellingRichárd


Richard I of England at the Battle of Arsuf, by Gustave Doré (1875)Richard I of England at the Battle of Arsuf, by Gustave Doré (1875)


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