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Richard Wright (1908 - 1960) was an African American author of novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerns racial themes, especially related to the plight of African Americans during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries suffering discrimination and violence. Literary critics believe his work helped change race relations in the United States in the mid-20th century.
I have to wonder who named their daughters Richard? No offense if this is your name, but I think this name is too masculine for girls. I really wouldn't know what to think if I met a little girl named Richard!
Richard Wellington, Ace Attorney villain.
King Richard the Lionheart - what a great association! The name is wonderfully masculine and classic, and has a very strong meaning. You certainly can’t go wrong with this name.
It's such a very handsome name. :D.
Richard is an awesome name! Rick is a cool nickname.
This name is similar to the word orchard. It seems like a pleasant association.
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It's not horrible to still use.
It’s a really nice name, this can still be used.
Sounds like an old man name, the nickname Dick is the worst.
My brother's name is Richard. He's the opposite of what most people imagine "Richard" to be like. He's pretty much a rebel, very far from noble and nerdy. He's smart, but in no way nerdy. Somehow, it still perfectly suits him. We only call him Rich, Richie or Richard. I hate the nickname Dick. I think the name is wonderful, maybe too strong for my ears to actually name my baby Richard but it's great only because I have a sibling with this name.
This name is cool, it sounds strong yet cute. I hate the nickname Dick though, but Rick/Rich is good.
Some middle names:
Richard Rylan
Richard Ignacio
Richard Casey
Richard Hadley
Richard Adrian
Richard Rufus
Richard Daniel.
I really like the name, "Richard", however...let's talk nicknames. "Rich", "Richie", "Rick", "Rico", and "Ricky". These are some pretty good nicknames, but why is "Dick" one of them? I feel sorry for people who are named "Richard", because one of their nicknames is "Dick". This might make them the subject of bullying and jokes.
Richard ' Ritchie' Cunningham, from Happy Days.
It's masculine and good, but somehow I just don't like this name much. Something off about it. It's not bad but, just not of my favorites.
I agree with DeeDeeRee that this name, while handsome and illustrious in its own right, is not a name that I would use at all. It's just not for me.
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Handsome boy name, but hate the nickname Dick! Just go with: Rich, Rick, Richie, but NOT DICK!
I’m pleasantly surprised to see this name is still in use. I’d love to meet a little boy named Richard. It’s s strong, dignified name that really stands out among all the trendy names in use today.
I think Richard is one of my favorite vintage names for boys. It's a very strong classic name. I love Rich, Richie and Ricky for nicknames, too.God bless you.
Outdated and rather dull sounding - Here in England it sounds like the name of a professor with a receding hairline and glasses.
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Richard Spencer is a white supremacist who kind of taints this otherwise wonderful name, sadly.
My father's name was Richard. We will be giving our son this middle name in honor of him. Not keen on any of the nicknames, although my Dad liked to be called Dick. Strong, solid name.
Cool, handsome, sexy, and strong name. Nothing more to add.
I love this name. Expecting a baby boy in the winter and this will be his name :)
Honestly, just sounds like a thick cat that may or may not also be known as Pudge Master the Great.
Super handsome!
I love the name Richard. So strong and handsome. Rick and Ricky make cute nicknames. I don’t know about Dick though.
There is a poem out there by the name of "Richard Cory", about a man (Richard Cory) who seems like he has it all, but commits suicide in the end.
In 2018, 57 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Richard who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 8th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
Richard de la Pole was a pretender to the English crown who was the last Yorkist claimant to openly and actively seek the crown of England.
Prefer Ricardo.
I really do like the name Richard; sounds manly in a positive way. We have one daughter and were not willing to give her a masculine name, darn! We recently adopted a three month old Siamese kitten and have named him Dickon like the name of the character in the novel The Secret Garden. You don't hear of this particular diminutive very often but it is legit. This name fits our kitten well because he is full of the "dickens" and will answer to either name because they are so similar.
Richard Watterson from The Amazing World of Gumball bears this name.
Richard Bucket (pronounced Bouquet) from the British sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances".
I cannot believe no one has mentioned Richard Matheson!Richard Matheson (1926-2013) was a science-fiction/fantasy/horror author and screenwriter. He's probably best known for writing I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come, but he also wrote several Twilight Zone episodes, and the Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Enemy Within. One of my absolute favorite writers ever. :)Oh, and also, there’s Richard Paul “Rick” Astley, of “Never Gonna Give You Up” fame.
Richard is my favorite name. It's really strong, nice, and I like most of its nicknames. It is currently in #160 (2017) and mostly used in middle names. I hope to see a new child having this name.
I wish the name was more frequently used today. I like this name and also their nicknames :)
Richard Porter "Ricky" Dillon Jr. Is an American YouTube personality and singer-songwriter. Over his seven years on YouTube, Dillon has amassed over 3 million subscribers on his channel, as well as more than 270 million views on his videos.
Richard G. "Dik" Evans is a musician best known as a founder of the band Virgin Prunes and an early member of U2. Evans was born in England to Welsh parents. At a young age, the family moved to Ireland. He is the older brother of David "The Edge" Evans, guitarist for rock band U2.
Richard Starkey, MBE, known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. He occasionally sang lead vocals, usually for one song on an album, including "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Yellow Submarine" and their cover of "Act Naturally". He also wrote the Beatles' songs "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden", and is credited as a co-writer of others, including "What Goes On" and "Flying".
Ric Ocasek (born Richard T. Otcasek), 1949-present, co-founder of the Cars.
Richard Romano is a screenwriter, actor, and 20 year veteran police Sgt./Investigator of the NYPD. He has credits from writing and acting in both feature films and TV. Rich is the creator and screenplay writer of the theatrically released feature film "The Investigator". The movie was an exclusive DVD release by Walmart in 2014, and is also being distributed overseas. He also served as assistant director, assistant editor, technical adviser, and actor in the movie. Rich was a technical adviser and actor in his brother Ray's T.V. show, "Everybody Loves Raymond." He lives in N.Y.
Richard Perry is an American record producer. Perry began as a performer in his adolescence, but shifted gears after graduating college and rose through the late 1960s and early 1970s to become a highly successful and popular record producer with over a dozen gold records to his credit by 1982. From 1978 to 1983, he ran his own record label, Planet Records, which scored a string of hits with the main act on its roster, pop/R&B group The Pointer Sisters. After Planet's sale to RCA Records, Perry continued his work in the music industry as an independent producer. With hit records stretching from the 1960s through the 2000s, his more successful modern releases include albums by Rod Stewart and Carly Simon.
“Richard” is one of the most common surnames in France, like French actor Pierre Richard.
French people often have first names for surnames, the most common surname in France is: Martin.
Other very common first names for surnames are: Bernard, André, Roland, Thomas, Robert, Simon or David.
The first name of Gansey, from Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle series. He goes by his surname, Gansey, as he tends to be called Dick (which he obviously doesn't appreciate!) and Richard is a family name: his full name is Richard Campbell Gansey III.
Mr. Richard Rich Sr., Richie Rich's father in the Harvey Comics universe.
Richard Nixon, the president.
Be careful about nicknames. You don't want your son to be "Dick."
I have a brother called Richard and also my nephew, although he gets called RJ. In the area I live I have only met one other Richard so it's not that common here. I do really like it. It's more of a classic name which is generally the kind of names I like.
It's my name and I liked having it my whole life. I'd never want to change it period. I like it because it's not common, yet it comes across as standard, not odd. Rich, Richie and Ritchie are fine. I don't like the variants Rick or Ricky (nothing wrong with them, just didn't like the hard k sound) and I've never been called Dick.
Television presenter and producer Richard Osman, best known for his role as co-host on the UK quiz show Pointless.
On Wikipedia, there is a Warren Richard Rodwell, a former soldier in the Australian Army, and university English teacher, who was shot through the right hand when seized (2011 - 2013) on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf (ASG) militant terrorists. The ASG threatened to behead Warren Richard Rodwell if the original ransom demand for $US2 million was not paid.The biography "472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf - The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell" by independent researcher Dr Robert (Bob) East was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom (2015). In popular culture, Blue Mountains (Sydney Australia) techno Cowpunk band Mad Cowboy Disease composed, performed and released "Situation Not Normal", a song written by Rodwell, based on his ordeal.
I really like the actor RICHARD Armitage. He fits this name well. Dark handsome and blue eyed. I do associate this name with more middle aged guys 45-55 though. The name is sophisticated sounding.
The name Richard is a wonderful, solid, strong, classic name. It sounds great! :)
I like Richard. It's a good, solid, trustworthy name.
Richard Adams is an English novelist. He wrote the classic adventure novel "Watership Down."
Richard Connell (1893-1949) wrote the short story The Most Dangerous Game.
Richard Wisker, an English actor, presenter and singer.
Richard Wright was the keyboardist for Pink Floyd.
Aw, it's kind of sad this is no longer in the top 100. It's not my favorite, but its still a classic, mature name you can't go wrong with. It sure beats stuff like Liam, Kayden, or Brody. Personally, I like the nickname Ricky :)
A famous character bearer is Happy Days star Richard "Richie" Cunningham played by Ron Howard.
Richard I of England, otherwise known as Richard the Lionheart, was famous for his chivalry and even forgave the boy who eventually killed him.
Name of the Day - October 28, 2012.
I have a cousin named Richard. We call him "Dick" and "Dickie" for short. We see nothing wrong with the nicknames despite it being slang for a man's... well, you know.
A famous bearer is Richard Grayson, the first Robin. He later became Nightwing, and he was Batman for a period of time when Bruce Wayne was believed to be dead. When Bruce returned, he went back to being Nightwing.
Richard was one of the sons of King Edward IV of England and his wife Elizabeth Woodville. He was one of the "Princes of the Tower", who disappeared after being taken to the Tower of London.
Richard was the son of King John "Lackland" of England and his wife Isabelle. He was the Earl of Cornwall.
Richard, second son of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders.
Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-1828) was an English painter.
Richard Bergh (Sven Richard Bergh) (1858-1919) was a Swedish painter, writer and art administrator.
Richard Anuszkiewicz (pronounced Aah-Nuss-KAY-Vitch; born May 23, 1930, Erie, Pennsylvania) is an American painter, printmaker, and sculptor.
The nickname Richie brings up the image of a cute little boy with shaggy dark hair and blue eyes. Then as a teenager, he could go by Rich, and into adulthood, the name Richard would go quite nicely on resumes! It's a good growing up name, and not as common these days. Like the previous poster said, I'd rather meet a little Richard than a little Aiden/Brayden/Jayden any day.
It's kind of boring, stuffy, and old fashioned. But I'd rather meet a little Richard than a little Jayden/Braden/Caden any day.
It's a beautiful and royal name, but more than that, it reminds me almost immediately of Richard Chamberlain, a great actor, known from Thornbirds.
This is the name of Richard Alpert, a character from the TV-series LOST.
"Ri" = King (Gall, Gaelic, Celtic, and Modern Irish)"char" = Firey, wind of life breathing in and out your head; Soul"d" = Demarcation of divinity, definite article "the".An in-depth explanation follows, if interested...Richard is a divine king chosen by God and blessed with an equally divine soul from God living in his head that lives and breathes the will and power of God. The name precedes Christianity back to ancient Gall, which means it isn't in the Bible and isn't Christian per se. Still, as the Gall, Gaelics, and Celtics fell to Rome and converted to Catholicism, these meanings were carried on in tradition. Most famously Richard the Lionhearted devoted much of his reign and life to the crusades to preserve Christian holy sites, relics, and history. However, the name still bears traditional meaning in regard to Druid and Goeth beliefs.Richard came from the Norse as Ryker but then was assimilated into Gall, pre Julias Caesar before any Roman is known to set foot on the shores of Western Europe. "Richard" is first known recorded use was in 44 A.D. as either a minor king or general that fought valiantly but eventually lost during the Roman invasion or Roman-Gaelic war."Ri" is Gall for "King" of which there were many where fiefdom got its start - "Ard Ri" would be "High King" and is either the chicken or the egg of the legends of King Arthur (Ard was "Arth" and "Ri" was transliterated from Middle English to "ur", hence King Art or King Arthur. "Ri" continues to be the word for king in native Irish. Also being former members of the Gall, then Gaelic, then Celtic empires, French, Portuguese, and Spanish have remarkably similarly pronounced words for "king". "Ri" would have been pronounced with a glotteral "R" that sounds like a gargle or a vocal gruff "H" in English... similar to how the French and Portuguese pronounce words beginning with "R" today."-char-" prior to 1300 would have been "-ghar-" or "-ghal". "L" and "R" were pronounced so similarly by the Romans and similarly enough by the conquered Gaelics who wanted no part in the phoneticization of their language into Latin, so confusion. These letters were often switched in writing, then eventually writing led to pronunciation and the true form was lost since there all now dead languages.Whether "-ghar-" or "-ghal-", in antecedent Gall they were either "gar" or "gal". "Gall" being the name of the culture, both have very steeped spiritual roots. "Gal" meant the holy breath of life breathed into the head, while "Gar" meant the holy breath of life exhaled or uttered. One is breathing in your mind, and the other was speaking your mind. Also, permutations of these words meant "Head", "Skull", "Bone", "Yell", "Groan", and "War". In English a form still exists as "gale" or wind (God's breath... wind...). In particular, "Gale" refers to the westerly wind that comes in and warms the west coast of Europe; the Germans call it "Golf". "Gwar" and "Guerra" are examples from other languages with Gaelic influence that mean "War". According to the New Testament, this root word can even be found in the name given to the hill where Jesus Christ was crucified, Golgotha, meaning "The Skull". While Richard is not a Christian name by origin, the language from which it grew was consequential enough early enough to phonically influence the names of of famous places in Christendom like "Golgotha" and "Galilea", the "Gol" and the "Gal" of which phonetically evolved into the modern English second sylable of "Richard".Finally, "-d" meant divine. In English the definite article is "the", it recognizes a noun and puts it into orbit to be either subject or object, to act or be acted upon. Essentially, "the" defines or gives some definition to the noun as a particular as opposed to "a" or "some" which leaves the noun "indefinite" - perhaps incidental but specifically unimportant to a story that may be told. This concept of articles originated in ancient Semitic languages of the near east, but the definite article more than defined it demarcated something as divine - like acknowledging God's hand in it. Unlike in English where we precede the noun with "the", in Semitic languages it was/is a "t" or a "'t" dropped within the word, often at the end. Since the Semitic "t" was pronounced like the "th" in "the", English by royal decree implemented "the" as its definite article. But, since in many Latin languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian pronounce the letter "d" like the English "the" in "the", when King James Court and William Shakespeare were Latinizing Middle English into Modern English in the 14th century, the divine/definite article landed at the end of Richar in the form of a "d", which also tips the English hat to the Gaelic roots it also shares with these other countries.So, that's the gist on the mighty name Richard.
Richard is one of those "rise-and-fall" names in which it was getting more popular for many decades, stayed popular for a few decades, then slowly gotten less and less popular. My own name, Jonathan, is similar.
I personally like this name because it's more like in the past and I am into that sort, and to see that it is of Ancient Germanic and the others. It's a bit of a thrill to find out what your name's history is.
Can't believe no one's mentioned Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker.
I really like the name Richard, but the thing that would stop me from using it for my children is the nickname Dick. Lovely name anyways.
Richard Cypher/Rahl is the name of the protagonist in Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. This is an excellent example of the meaning of the name Richard.
Richard Wurmbrand, founder of Voice of the Martyrs. He spent 14 years in a Communist prison in his native Romania. He was known sometimes as "Iron Curtain Paul." He died in 2001.
On a personal note, Richard is also my youngest brother's name. :D
Richard Petty, "The King" of NASCAR, is a famous bearer of this name.
Richard Cypher is the name of the main character and true seeker in the TV show, "The Legend of the Seeker" (I believe it's also a book). Richard is played by Craig Horner.
I recall that it carried the meaning of "Stern, but Just".
I love this name, but unfortunately it's associated with anti-Semitic composer Richard Wagner, who greatly influenced Hitler.
Little Richard was born in 1932.
Richard Krajíček, a tennis player, born 6th December, 1971 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
I love this name! It conveys strength and endurance.
I have never really liked this name. The name has been overused for a long time, and now it sounds quite old-fashioned. It sounds a tad elitist despite the fact that it's been so common, and I dislike all the nicknames that come out of it: Dick, Rick, Ricky, Rich, and Richie. This sounds like the name people gave to their unwanted sons in lack of better ideas.
Whoa! Look, I'm all for people having opinions, but that is an *insanely* harsh thing to say (and I found a comment similar to this--no doubt from the same poster--for the names Mary and John, and I think William, as well). A boy is not named Richard, a fairly common name, because he was "unwanted." That's one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard.
In my family, Richard is quite a common name. It's the name of my late great-grandfather, his daughter's husband (my grandparents), his son (my great uncle), and my great uncle's son. And they all had/have different nicknames: my great-grandpa was Dick (which is obviously not usable on young Richards anymore), my grandpa is Rich, my great uncle is Rick, and my cousin is Rick/Ricky, depending on who he's talking to. They also all have different middle names.Over time, Richard has become my favorite male name, and if I ever have a son, there's a good chance that this will be his name (unless, of course, my husband absolutely hates the name). I think his full name would be Richard Thomas--my great-grandpa's name. He was a very honorable, hard-working man, and though I only knew him for four years before he died, I think of him as a good namesake for a child.
One 'famous' bearer is Richard Rokeby one of the main characters in Patrick Redmond's book "The Wishing Game".
Well it's not exactly a famous bearer but there's an extremely hilarious warlock in the webcomic Looking for Group.
Richard Trenton Chase, serial killer.
Famous bearer is Richard Wagner (1813-1883), German opera composer. I just can't imagine, that he isn't on the list!
The traditional processional at Western weddings is the Bridal Chorus from Richard Wagner's "Lohengrin".
Rich Fulcher, and American actor and comedian probably best known for his role as Bob Fossil in cult TV show The Mighty Boosh is a (somewhat) famous bearer of this name.
Richard Schiff, who played Toby Ziegler on the American television drama, The West Wing, is a famous bearer. He won an Emmy for the role.
Richard Armitage is a famous bearer. He's an English actor, known for 'Sparkhouse', 'North and South' and 'Robin Hood'.
I really like this name. Many kings have been called it. However I shall never forget the boy whose name was Richard Head. Poor boy. People caught onto the nickname very quickly.
A famous bearer is Charles Richard Wilson, better known as Ricky Wilson; lead singer of Kaiser Chiefs.
Richard Belzer plays Det. John Munch on Law and Order SVU and Homicide: Life On The Street.
Richard Hammond is a presenter of the wildly popular show, TopGear, in England. He also presented Brainiac: Science Abuse and Richard Hammond's 5 O'clock Show.Recently (september-october 06) he was in a crash and had to be airlifted to hospital. TopGear was nearly cancelled. He suffered brain trauma but will be fine.I think the name of the car he was driving was called a vampire or summat. He was trying to break the speed record when he lost control of the car.
Richard Pryor was an American comedian.
Listen to the German pronunciation of Richard here:
Sean Bean played Richard Sharpe in the BBC series Sharpe. Also Richard Dean Anderson (who played Angus Macgyver in Macgyver).
Be careful with the sneaky nicknames. Dick still lurks about.
Another famous bearer of this name is silent film star Richard Barthelmess (May 9, 1895 - August 17, 1963). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in "The Noose" (1928) and "The Patent Leather Kid" (1927).
Richard D. Anderson is an American actor.
Richard Krajčo is a Czech actor.
Richard is an okay name so long as you don't give him the ridiculous nickname "Dick".
Of course we can't forget Rick Springfield! Personally my favourite singer. Though my friends think that's really odd.
A famous person is Richard Hatch, who won Survivor Season 1. He recently got charged for not paying the government for his Survivor win. He usually walked around camp naked.
Richard was the name of Monica's elderly boyfriend on "FRIENDS" during season 2.
I've only had negative times with bearers of this name; while I will admit that it is a good strong name, I can only think bad things when I hear it!
Famous bearer is Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States.
Famous bearer is Richard von Weizsäcker, President of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1984 to 1994.
Famous bearer is Richard Gere, an American actor.
This name reminds me of a creepy old man who taught me how to drive my auto.
Richard Starkey, known by most as Ringo Starr, the drummer for The Beatles, is a famous bearer of this name.
Richard Burton, an actor and one of Liz Taylor's many husbands, is a famous bearer of this name.
Richard Burgi (born July 30, 1958) stars as Karl, Susan's ex-husband and Julie's father on the popular soap-dramedy "Desperate Housewives".
My son's full name is Richard, we call him Ricky for short. We get compliments a lot because it is an old name, not many people use it now and elders respect that name.
Cool, I'm brave and hardy.
Some names are too true to life. Father was Don Richard, meaning "ruler of the world" "power, brave, hardy". He sure was a old Kraut whose home was his castle.
My husband is named Richard and I read that it meant "powerful ruler".
Richard Thomas played John-boy on the show The Waltons from 1972-1977.
Name of the guy who played Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies, Richard Harris.
I've read that "Ryker", which is Dutch, is a variant of Richard.

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