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Quick Facts on Ricky

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 496
Simple meaning:
Powerful, strong and brave

Characteristics of Ricky

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ricky

Ricky is the English pet form of Richard. Richard is a name that the French Normans brought to England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. 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 quickly adopted by the people of Britain and has been one of the most successful English names of all time. 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 attempt 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. Currently Ricky is the most popular of these short forms and has become an independently given name in its own right.

Popularity of the Name Ricky

As an independently given name, Ricky first appeared on the U.S. male naming charts in 1940. By 1952, the name was a Top 100 in America. His quick ascent up the charts didn’t stop there. In the late 1950s and early 60s, Ricky was a Top 40 favorite. We’re certain that teenage heartthrob Ricky Nelson had some influence on the popularity of his name; both reached their heights of popularity at essentially the same time. In the latter half of the 20th century, Ricky was a name that started to lose its luster. In 1970, the name fell off the Top 100 list and has been going backwards ever since. There was a brief upswing in 2007/2008 following the release of a popular comedy film called “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (2006). Ricky is a pretty informal name to use as a birth name. We’re more in favor of Richard, but there are no-fuss parents out there who simply like using nicknames as given names. Ricky has a “cute” sensibility as a pet name, but it also harkens back to mid-century America when the name was at the height of its popularity. From that perspective, it’s a bit out of date. Although we have to say: when we think of Ricky it's hard not to picture a fun-loving guy.
Popularity of the Boy Name Ricky
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ricky

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ricky

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ricky

    Ricky We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Ricky.

  • Popular Songs on Ricky

    Popular Songs on Ricky

    Do The Ricky Bobby - a song by B-Hamp

    Ricky - a song by Weird Al Yankovic

    Ricky Ticky Toc - a song by Eminem [explicit]

    Ricky Tidwell's Mama Is Gonna Play Football - a song by Cledus T. Judd

    Ricky Wants a Man of Her Own - a song by Bruce Springsteen

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ricky

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ricky

    Leo & Gracie: Cat Detectives in "Where's Ricky?" (M. J. McMullen) - Leo and Gracie are kept busy keeping up with Ricky, the mischievous black cat, who is always going missing. Once again Ricky has disappeared which has Leo and Gracie sinking their claws into a new case. As usual Gracie is bullying the other cats which makes life difficult for Leo who must keep Gracie focused on the case. Join all the cats as they participate in the "Crazy Cat" contest to see who can drive their owners, Michael and Joanna, the craziest. Also, prepare to sing along with Ricky as he debuts his new country song "Tears on My Whiskers". Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Llama Tails: Ricky's Adventure (Diane Ganzer & Sammy St. Croix) - Ricky is a young llama with a yearning to see what lies beyond the borders of his farm. With his animal friends, he decides to find out, de-spite what the wise owl and old ewe tell him, that he has a role to fulfill on the farm. It is during this adventure that a summer storm breaks out, nearly destroying the farm as he knows it. Lost on a river, it is Ricky's chance to prove that being an adventurer is less important than being responsible. Unfortunately, he learns this lesson the hard way, when his own life as well as the lives of his friends are in peril, and there looks to be no way out of his predicament. What will it take to bring Ricky home safe? In the aftermath of the tornado's fury, will there even be a home for him to return to? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Ricky & Mobo (Roscoe Orman) - For his sixth birthday, Ricky receives the best present ever, Mobo, a mechanical horse. With a few pumps of Ricky's legs, he and Mobo race across the floor. Nothing could be better! Then Ricky's mom tells Ricky about the neighborhood block party and race. Children will compete to find out who is the fastest. Ricky is sure he and Mobo will win the race. But when the big day comes, not everything goes according to Ricky's plans. Recommended for ages 5-7.

    Ricky (Eric Walters) - Ricky has always loved animals. After all, he shares his house with 29 weird and wonderful creatures. So when vandals break into his school and destroy many of his beloved science teacher’s animals, including Ricky’s favorite, Bogart the boa constrictor, Ricky is shocked. Now it’s up to Ricky and his best friend, Augie, to devise a plan to raise money to replace Bogart—and to surprise Mr. Johnson, the science teacher, at the same time. Raising the money is easy: what’s tough is getting the rather large new reptile—who happens to be smart and slithery—safely to school! Recommended for ages 8-10.

    Ricky Is Brave (Guido van Genechten) - On a very hot night, Ricky decides to keep cool by sleeping outside in his tent, just as the other young bunnies do. Ricky's parents gently ask him if he will be all right outside by himself. He tries to be courageous as there are many new sounds outside at night. With the help of his Zorro cape, Ricky shows how he deals with being afraid of the dark and encourages emotional development in young readers who experience similar obstacles. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Ricky Remington Dolphin Dreamer: A story (Iam Wake & Bret Carr) - How Would You Recognize Your Love Across Lifetimes? "Half-sleep", "feeling-imaginations", "song-pictures"... If you want to find out the answer you are required to learn a new vocabulary. And then enter a world of actual abilities shared by only two beings on the planet: Dolphins and Yogis. And someday you too. Ricky is no ordinary dolphin. He sings his dreams to whales and loves the stories of humans who used to live in villages, before they were forced into being thinkers and moved into cities to feed the machines. His passion to help humans find their feelings and the friendships he forges with other species makes finding Rebakah-Dolphin, who used to share his "half-sleep" and "song-pictures", not a complete impossibility. Recommended for ages unknown.

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Collection Books 1-4 (Dav Pilkey) - With more than one million books in print, Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot are a big hit with children. Here the first four fantastic adventures are gathered together in one MIGHTY collection! Enter a galaxy of fun and discover how Ricky befriends the Mighty Robot for the first time, before battling such sinister spacemonsters as Mercurian Mosquitoes, Vultures from Venus, and Martian Mecha-Monkeys! Each early chapter book has action-packed Flip-O-Rama and instructions on how to draw each character! Also includes a cool sticker sheet featuring Ricky, his Robot, and all the bad guys! It's a collection that's truly out of this world! School Library Journal says: “Pilkey fans, science-fiction aficionados, and reluctant readers won't want to miss [this series]." Box set. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ricky Rocket: Bubble Trouble (Shoo Rayner) - Ricky's best friend Bubbles joins Ricky's family for the Earth festival of Candlenight. Bubbles joins in all the traditional celebrations, but also adds a party trick of his own to make it a night to remember! Recommended for ages 5-7.

    Ricky Rocky and Ringo: Colorful Day (Mauri Kunnas) - Ricky, Rocky, and Ringo help a multitude of animals chase a mischievous chameleon as he uses his color-changing ability to hide from them. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Ricky the Tuft (Eduard Jose) - A retelling of the tale in which an ugly but clever prince and a beautiful but stupid princess find they can give each other what each of them desires most. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ricky Vargas #1: The Funniest Kid in the World (Alan Katz) - Now's your chance to meet the funniest kid in the world! Ricky Vargas is funny. He is so funny he can make you snort milk out of your nose...even if you're not drinking any! In three stories, Ricky manages to get carried away at the school spelling bee, ruin the class picture, and speak his own language. But don't worry, no matter what trouble Ricky finds himself in, he always knows just how to make it better--after all, who could be upset with the funniest kid in the world for long? With his characteristic wit, Alan Katz brings second-grader Ricky Vargas's antics to life. Hilarious art supports the leveled text, making for an uproarious read. Recommended for ages 7-9.

  • Famous People Named Ricky

    Famous People Named Ricky

    Famous People Named Ricky - Ricky Gervais (British comic/actor/producer); Ricky Martin (born Enrique, musician); Ricky Craven (born Richard, racecar driver); Ricky Nelson (born Eric, musician); Ricky Rudd (racecar driver); Ricky Williams (born Errick, football player); Ricky Carmichael (Motocross racer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ricky

    Children of Famous People Named Ricky

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Ricky - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Ricky.

  • Historic Figures

    Ricky - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ricky - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Ricky.

Personality of the Boy Name Ricky

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ricky

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