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Richard

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Quick Facts on Richard

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 140
Pronunciation:
RICH-ərd
Simple meaning:
Powerful, strong and brave

Characteristics of Richard

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Richard

Richard is a name that came to England in the 11th century by way of the French Normans. It is Germanic in origin and is derived from the nearly synonymous elements “rīc” meaning ‘powerful’ and “hard” meaning ‘strong, hardy, brave’. The name was almost immediately adopted by the English and has been one of the most successful of all names. Richard I became King of England in the 12th century. Known as Richard the Lionheart, Richard was the son of King Henry II and the great-great grandson of William the Conqueror. He is most notable for leading the Third Crusade (the Christians’ ultimately unsuccessful attempts to recover the Holy Lands from the Muslims) and achieving folk hero status. Powerful and brave like the name’s etymology, Richard the Lionheart helped propel the popularity of the name throughout England. The name has also given birth to several pet forms and nicknames including Rich, Richie, Rick, Ricky, Dick and Dickie.

Popularity of the Name Richard

Like William, James and John, Richard is a name that has enjoyed enduring popularity in the United States for well over one hundred years. However, like Robert, Thomas and Edward, Richard has also been displaying some waning usage since the 21st century. These are highly traditional and age-old English names that are losing some luster within the current naming trends that seem to favor more exotic Biblical names (Ethan, Noah, Elijah, Caleb) or Surnames as given names (Logan, Landon, Carter, Connor). Some of the conventional boy names like Richard have had to step aside to make room. Nevertheless, Richard is a longstanding favorite and so a timeless choice. Powerful and strong like the name’s meaning suggests, you just can’t go wrong with tradition. Richard is also extremely flexible in terms of nicknames and pet forms: Rich, Rick and Dick (although some parents may shutter at the latter). Richard, Rick and Rich all sound confident and smart. We applaud the parents who maintain tradition in the face of fleeting fads.
Popularity of the Boy Name Richard
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Richard

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Richard

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Richard

    Richard Halley (Atlas Shrugged) Richard Halley is a rather minor character in Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged , but a fairly important piece of the big picture. The book was her own avowed favorite of her fiction, and Richard Halley represents the lofty ideal of the utopian combination of art and creation and work, as expounded by the individual in a world grown increasingly dystopian through its enslavement to governmental socialism. Richard is the protagonist’s (Dagny Taggart) favorite composer. He has written four concerti, and just as he finally achieves astounding success, he disappears. Where is he, and is it possible this new piece of music is truly his Fifth Concerto? These questions are part of the many questions in the book. It is a mystery of sorts, a science fiction of sorts, and a paean to self-interest and creative individualism, which is embodied by Richard Halley, among others.

    Richard III (Richard III) Richard III is the (in)famous last king of the House of York, who ruled for only two years, from 1483 to 1485, but whose fame is eternal. He was immortalized by Shakespeare in his play, Richard III, written about 1591, as the deformed, ambitious murderer of his young nephews, “the princes in the tower”, as well as other relatives and enemies. The bad rep he got from the Bard has stuck like glue, and there are societies devoted to debunking those stories. We aren’t here to settle the centuries old dispute; suffice it to say that the Richard III of the stage is completely fascinating…complex, bitter, chameleon-like and brilliant. He is a self-proclaimed villain who makes no bones about his intentions – power is to be his – but at the same time, he is an almost sympathetic character in the scope of his hunger and thirst for that power and in the seductive way in which he describes it for us. When he declares himself the inevitable product of never having been loved, in fact, of being maligned because of his physical shortcomings, we are almost ready to befriend him. Once power is his, though, he embraces it with malevolent glee, and reveals himself to be a true culprit. The denouement is welcomed, then, as Richard shows his true colors (according to Shakespeare), in his craven last words, forsaking all to the baser wish to live: “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!”

  • Popular Songs on Richard

    Popular Songs on Richard

    Dumb Dick (Richard) - a song by Kool Moe Dee

    Mister Richard Smoker - a song by Ween [explicit]

    Mr. Richards - a song by R.E.M.

    Open The Door Richard - a song by Louis Jordan

    Open The Door Richard - a song by Pied Pipers

    Pool Hall Richard - a song by The Faces

    Postcards From Richard Nixon - a song by Elton John

    Richard Cory - a song by Simon & Garfunkel

    Richard Manuel Is Dead - a song by the Counting Crows

    Serious Richard - a song by Vonda Shepard

    The Last Time I Saw Richard - a song by Joni Mitchell

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Richard

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Richard

    Aliens for Breakfast (Stephanie Spinner & Jonathan Etra) - Richard sits down to breakfast one morning and discovers that his bowlful of Alien Crisp cereal is home to the real thing – a tiny, talkative alien named Aric, who explains that he has come to save Earth from the evil Dranes, a rival alien race. One of them has already taken up residence; it is, in fact, Dorf, the eerily cool, instantly popular new boy in Richard's class. Richard must destroy Dorf before it is too late, but Aric has forgotten the correct method for doing that. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Aliens for Dinner (Stephanie Spinner) - When his fortune cookie cracks open and a tiny pink alien steps out, Richard Bickerstaff knows that he's in for more than a Chinese dinner. And he's right! Aric, that bossy extraterrestrial, needs Richard's help. He's got to keep pollution-loving aliens from turning Earth into a Toxic Waste Theme Park. The trouble is, they've already started, and they're moving fast! Can Richard and Aric stop the total trashing of the planet? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Aliens for Lunch (Stephanie Spinner & Jonathan Etra) - Richard Bickerstaff and his friend Henry are prisoners on Grax, a hostile planet. Aric, their tiny alien friend, has been taken from them--perhaps forever. And now they're eating lunch in a Graxian jail, face to face with a Turinga Death Machine! Can life get any more dangerous? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Bug in a Rug (Jamie Gilson) - When Richard has to go to school wearing the oversized bright purple pants his eccentric Aunt Nannie made for him, he is mortified, and has to hold on to them so they won't fall down. Worse, it's his turn to be the class assistant, which means he has to, for example, hand out mealworms while holding on to his pants, with predictable results. When equally eccentric Uncle Ken shows up at school with a pair of bright red suspenders for Richard, the man's good humor charms the class and even inspires them to think about wearing their own silly clothes to school. Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day (Richard Scarry) - Illustrated in full color, What People Do All Day shows and tells what busy people do every day to build houses, sail ships, fly planes, keep house, and grow food. Check out the many Richard Scarry books available. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Richard Wright and the Library Card (William Miller) - Richard Wright, African American author of Black Boy and Native Son, grew up in the segregated South of the 1920s. His formal education ended after he completed the ninth grade, but gaining access to the public library with the help of a white coworker opened up a new world of books for him, eventually inspiring him to become a writer. Richard Wright and the Library Card is a fictionalized account of this powerful story, deftly adapted by William Miller from a scene in Black Boy. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Richard

    Famous People Named Richard

    Famous People Named Richard - Richard Pryor (comic/actor); Richard Gere (actor); Richard Nixon (U.S. President); Richard Axel (Nobel Prize Winner, medicine); Richard Dreyfuss (actor); Ricard “Dick” Butkus (football player); Richard “Dick” Clark (TV personality); Richard Burton (actor); Richard I of England (king); Richard II of England (king); Richard III of England (king); Richard Wagner (German opera composer); Richard Strauss (German opera composer), Little Richard (musician); Richard Thompson (musician); Richard Petty (racecar driver); Richard Attenborough (actor/director); Richard “Dick” Cheney (politician); Richard E. Byrd (aviator and polar explorer); Richard Harris (actor); Richard Francis Burton (explorer); Richard Carpenter (musician); Richard Chamberlain (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Richard

    Children of Famous People Named Richard

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Richard - Darryl Zanuck (film studio executive); Dick Butkus (football player); Dick Clark (TV personality); Grover Cleveland (U.S. President); Laurence Olivier (actor); Mary Kay (businesswoman); Mary Tyler Moore (actress); Melvin Belli (attorney); Richard Byrd (aviator/explorer); Richard Pryor (comic/actor); Sid Caesar (actor); Zachary Taylor (U.S. President)

Personality of the Boy Name Richard

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Richard

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