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A famous bearer is Richmal Crompton, the British writer of the Just William children's books.
-- Ylva  3/11/2006
Weird. Just weird.
-- Anonymous User  5/24/2007
Blah, I always disliked this one. I don't like Richard OR Michael, and I tend to like a fair number of traditional names.
-- Anonymous User  5/27/2007
It doesn't sound feminine to me. It doesn't really sound masculine either. It sounds more like an old, pretentious word from the vocabulary of the British elite from a couple of hundred years ago.
-- slight night shiver  5/4/2008
Richard and Michael are both masculine names, so how is this name feminine? It sounds hideous and made-up. Who the hell thought of this name anyway?
-- bananarama  9/20/2009
If Michael and Richard are both masculine names, then why is Richmal feminine? It makes no sense.
-- -Julia-  12/20/2009
Who the hell created this atrocity?
Until now, I've maintained (and I apologize to and for all the people named the following names) that Gay/Gaye, Lagina, Shaniqua, Happy, and Caprice/Capricia were the worst names you could bestow upon your daughter. Richmal just usurped them all.
Seriously, Richard and Michael are both *masculine* names! Blending them together for a *feminine* name has to be one of the dumbest things I've ever seen/heard. And it doesn't even sound good!
-- erb816  12/27/2009
'Apparently'. That's so funny! My fav entry on here!
Horrendous name, not feminine at all and looks horribly fake!
-- Rhona J  8/31/2010
A hideous name in general, the spelling is not appealing and the sound is to be likened to a dog hyperventilating.
-- Anonymous User  9/11/2010
This is actually an English name? It looks and sounds so forced and fake. At least some other invented names, or names created from joining parts of separate names, have better etymology behind them, and look and sound more natural.
-- Anyechka  1/17/2014
Even though this is a very rare name, up until the 20th century, this name was primarily used in the town of Bury in Lancashire, north-western England, which is where Richmal Crompton was born.

To be precise, around 84% of the 64 girls that were given this name between 1838 and 1915 in Britain, according to the FreeBMD Birth Index, were born in that town. Looking at the results from Ancestry, there are a couple of Richmals (on wide ranges of records) born in the 18th century and some of them also come from Bury.
-- m4yb3_daijirou  10/29/2015

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