[ 2 syll. ric-har(d), ri-cha-rd ] The baby boy name Richard is pronounced as RIHCH-ahRD (English), Riy-SHAER (French), or RIHK-aaRT (German) †. Richard is used chiefly in the Czech, Dutch, English, French, and German languages, and its origin is Germanic and English. From Germanic roots, its meaning is powerful ruler. A two-element name, it is from the elements 'ric' meaning rich, powerful, ruler ; 'hart' brave, hardy. Richart (Germanic) and Richeard (Old English) are old forms of Richard. The name was introduced to England by the Normans, and it has been among the most enduringly popular ones. The commonality of the name is reflected in the use of its diminutive Dick in the phrase 'Tom, Dick and Harry' as a reference to anyone. It was borne by three kings of England, most notably Richard I (1157-1199), also known as Lionheart for his reputation as a great military leader; he was later brought to popular attention in the Sir Walter Scott novel Ivanhoe (1819). Various historical forms of the name are obsolete today, including the medieval Richer and other variants such as Dickon, Hick, Hickon and Ricket; the variants were usually derived from the rhyming sound of the '-ic-' in the name. Similarly, several last names have descended from the first name, including Dickson, Dixon, Hitchcock, Rich and Richards.
In addition, Richard is a variant of the name Rickward.
The name Richard is used to a great extent; it has 91 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Dickon, Rashard, Reichard, Ricard, Ricardo (used in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish too), Richar, Richardo, Richardsen, Richardson, Richaud, Richer, Richey, Richird, Richman, Richshard, Ricke, Rickee, Rickert (used in German too), Rishard, Rishi, Ritch, Ritcherd, Ritchie, Ritchy, Ritchyrd, Ritshard, Ritsherd, Ruiseart (used in Gaelic and Scottish too), Rychard, and Rychyrd. Other English forms include the short forms Dick (used in German too), Ric, Rich, Rick, Rik (used in Dutch too), and Rikki, the pet forms Dickie, Dickson, Dicky, Richie, Richy, Rickey, Ricki, Rickie, Ricky (used in Spanish too), Rikar, and Riker, and the variant spellings Richerd and Ritchard.
Foreign variants of Richard include Aric (German), Arri (Estonian), Dic (Romanian), Juku (Estonian), Likeke (Hawaiian), Reku (Finnish), Rhisiart (Welsh), Riccardo (Italian), Ricciardo (Italian), Richards (Latvian), Richart (German), Rickard (Scandinavian), Rico (Spanish), Riczi (Hungarian), Rihardos (Greek), Rihards (Latvian), Rikard (Finnish, Hungarian, and Scandinavian), Rikert (German), Rikhard (Finnish), Riki (Estonian), Riks (Estonian), Riocard (Irish), Riqui (Spanish), Risa (Czech), Risardas (Lithuanian), Risteárd (Gaelic), Ristéard (Irish), Rolli (Estonian), Rostik (Russian), and Rostislav (Russian). Specific foreign variants include the short forms Richi (German and Spanish) and Riku (Finnish), and the pet form Ricco (Italian and Spanish).
Richard is a classic favorite. At present it is still popular as a baby name for boys, though not to the extent it was before. At the peak of its usage in 1946, 3.566% of baby boys were given the name Richard. Its ranking then was #5. The baby name has since suffered a substantial fall in popularity, and is today of occasional use. In 2012, its usage was only 0.149% and its ranking #124, but it was nonetheless the most popular out of all boy names in its group. In 2012, Richard was more regularly used than the next most popular name, Ryker, by 82% . The name Richard has predominantly been a baby boy name, though it has also been given to girls in the past century. In 1976, baby boys named Richard outnumbered girls by 127 times.
Baby names that sound like Richard include Racer, Rachard, Raenger, Raser, Rashard, Raycer, Raychard, Rayshard, Reshard, Resharrd, Rexferd, Rexfurd, Rexfurde, Rezart, Rhisiart, Ricard, Richart, Richer, Richerd, and Richird.
† Pronunciation for Richard: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; CH as in "cheese (CH.IY.Z)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Richard:
Actor Richard Chamberlain, born George Richard Chamberlain, 31 March 1935, Beverly Hills, California.
Actor Richard Dawson, born 20 November 1932, Gosport, England.
Actor Richard Dreyfuss, born 29 October 1947, Brooklyn, New York.
Actor Richard Gere, born 31 August 1949, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Actor Wil Wheaton, born Richard William Wheaton III, 29 July 1972, Burbank, California.
Author Richard Brautigan, born 30 January 1935 - 25 October 1984, Tacoma, Washington.
Author Richard Wright, born 4 September 1908 - 28 November 1960, Adams County, Mississippi.
Author Dick Francis, born Richard Stanley Francis, 31 October 1920, Lawrenny, Wales.
Baseball Player Rick Ankiel, born Richard Alexander Ankiel, 19 July 1979, Fort Pierce, Florida.
Business Personality Richard Branson, born 18 July 1950, Surrey, England.