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ˈrɪtʃ ərdrichard

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  1. Richardnoun

    A male given name from the Germanic languages.

    What! do I fear myself? there's no one else by; / Richard loves Richard; that is, I am I.

  2. Richardnoun

    A patronymic surname.

    Martin Richard, the youngest of three people killed by explosions at the Boston Marathon in 2013

  3. Etymology: From Middle English Rycharde, from Old French Richard, from Medieval Latin Richardus and Ricohardus, from Frankish *Rīkahard, from Proto-Germanic *Rīkaharduz, a construction of *rīks ("king, ruler") *harduz ("hard, brave"). Cognate with Old High German Rīcohard ("Richard"). A hypothetical Old English equivalent *Rī‌ċheard would also yield an identical "Richard" in Modern English, though it is unknown if the Old English equivalent existed.


  1. Richard

    Richard is a male given name. It originates, via Old French, from Old Frankish and is a compound of the words descending from Proto-Germanic *rīk- 'ruler, leader, king' and *hardu- 'strong, brave, hardy', and it therefore means 'strong in rule'. Nicknames include "Richie", "Dick", "Dickon", "Dickie", "Rich", "Rick", "Rico", "Ricky", and more. Richard is a common English, German and French male name. It's also used in many more languages, particularly Germanic, such as Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, and Dutch, as well as other languages including Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Finnish. Richard is cognate with variants of the name in other European languages, such as the Swedish "Rickard", the Catalan "Ricard" and the Italian "Riccardo", among others (see comprehensive variant list below).


  1. Richard

    Richard is a masculine given name of Germanic origin that means "ruler" or "brave power." It has been used widely in English-speaking countries and various other cultures. Richard can also be a surname.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Richard is ranked #629 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Richard surname appeared 53,893 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 18 would have the surname Richard.

    70.3% or 37,914 total occurrences were White.
    23.4% or 12,643 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 1,482 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 1,062 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 485 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 307 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Richard' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1038

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Richard' in Written Corpus Frequency: #990

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Richard in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Richard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Richard in a Sentence

  1. David Perdue:

    This was an icon in Russell Senate. Senate Republican was Senate Republican. They did the Great Society together. So, people would criticize Richard Brevard Russell for maybe being on the wrong side of the integration movement, but my goodness Richard Brevard Russell turned around and got the school lunch program done. Richard Brevard Russell did Richard Brevard Russell Richard Brevard Russell.

  2. Don Knight:

    Richard Glossip said Richard Glossip was so happy that if Richard Glossip were put to death, Richard Glossip wouldn't be executed with people thinking Richard Glossip did it.

  3. Tommy Boy:

    Tommy Did you hear I graduated Richard Yeah and just a shade under a decade. All right. Tommy You know a lot of people go to college for seven years. Richard I know, they're called doctors.

  4. Tommy Boy:

    Richard It's called reading-top to bottom-left to right-group words together into sentences-take tylenol for any headaches-midol for any cramps.

  5. Greg Abbott:

    With Richard Overton quick wit and kind spirit Richard Overton touched the lives of so many, and I am deeply honored to have known Richard Overton, richard Overton made us proud to be Texans and proud to be Americans. We can never repay Richard Overton for Richard Overton service to our nation and for Richard Overton for his service lasting impact on the Lone Star State.

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