Richard

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See also: Richárd and richard

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English Rycharde, from Old French Richard (Richard), from Frankish *Rīcohard (literally powerful leader), from Proto-Germanic *rīkô (ruler, chief, leader) + Proto-Germanic *harduz (hard), equivalent to rich +‎ -ard. Cognate with Old High German Rīcohard (Richard), Old English rīca (powerful ruler). More at rich, hard.

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Richard (plural Richards)

  1. A male given name.
    • ~1593 William Shakespeare: Richard III: Act V, Scene II:
      What! do I fear myself? there's no one else by; / Richard loves Richard; that is, I am I.
    • 1629, Thomas Adams, Meditations upon Creed, The Works of Thomas Adams, James Nichol (1862), volume 3, page 212:
      But we have known Williams and Richards, names not found in sacred story, but familiar to our country, prove as gracious saints as any Safe deliverance, Fight the good fight of faith, or such like,
    • 1985, William Wharton, Pride, ISBN 0394536363, page 97:
      I'd love to live in our castle. First I'd change my name from Dickie to Richard. That's my real name and it's a good king name. I don't like being called Dickie anyway, and I don't want to be Dick Junior either because everybody starts calling you Junior. What I'd like to be called is Rich but I don't know how to start people doing it.
  2. (rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname​.

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Czech[edit]

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Richard m

  1. A male given name, cognate to Richard.

Danish[edit]

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Richard

  1. A male given name, cognate to Richard.

Estonian[edit]

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Richard

  1. A male given name, cognate to English Richard.

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French[edit]

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Richard m

  1. A male given name, cognate to English Richard.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

German[edit]

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Richard

  1. A male given name cognate to Richard.

Norwegian[edit]

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Richard

  1. A male given name, the usual modern form of Rikard.

Slovak[edit]

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Richard m declension pattern chlap

  1. A male given name, cognate to Richard

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Swedish[edit]

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Richard

  1. A male given name, an English and French type variant of Rikard.

References[edit]

  • [1] Statistiska centralbyrån and Sture Allén, Staffan Wåhlin, Förnamnsboken, Norstedts 1995, ISBN 9119551622: 17 105 males with the given name Richard (compared to 10 124 named Rikard and 22 341 named Rickard) living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with the frequency peak in the 1980s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.