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17th-century portrait of Richard the Lionheart, a 12th-century King of England
Gender Male
Word/name Proto-Germanic
Meaning powerful leader
Other names
Nickname(s) Rich, Rick, Dick, Dickie, Riccardo, Richie, Ricardo, Rico, Ricky

The Germanic first or given name Richard derives from German, French, and English "ric" (ruler, leader, king) and "hard" (strong, brave), and it therefore means "powerful leader". Nicknames include "Dick", "Dickie", "Rich", "Richie", "Rick", "Ricky", and others.

"Richard" is a common name in many Germanic languages, including English, German, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, and Dutch.


  • People named Richard 1
    • Rulers and aristocrats 1.1
    • In politics and government 1.2
    • Business people 1.3
    • Religious figures 1.4
    • In music 1.5
      • Composers 1.5.1
      • Singers and musicians 1.5.2
    • Actors 1.6
    • Explorers 1.7
    • Military figures 1.8
    • In sports 1.9
    • Scientists 1.10
    • Other 1.11
  • Cognates/transliterations 2
    • In Altaic languages 2.1
    • In Indo-European languages 2.2
      • Germanic 2.2.1
      • Latin 2.2.2
      • Celtic 2.2.3
      • Slavic 2.2.4
      • Other 2.2.5
    • In Afroasiatic languages 2.3
    • In Uralic languages 2.4
    • In Other languages 2.5
  • Short forms 3
  • Pet forms 4
  • References 5
  • See also 6

People named Richard

Rulers and aristocrats

In politics and government

Business people

  • Richard L. Bloch (born 1929), American investor, real estate developer, banker, and philanthropist.
  • Richard Branson (born 1950), British businessman and founder of the Virgin Group of companies
  • Richard DeVos (born 1926), American businessman and co-founder of Amway
  • Richard Jacobs (1925–2009), real estate businessman and owner of the Cleveland Indians baseball team
  • Richard Rawlings (born 1969), star of American television show Fast N' Loud, owner of Gas Monkey garage, Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill and Gas Monkey Live
  • Richard Velazquez (born 1973), PepsiCo Executive and first automotive designer at Porsche AG (Germany) of Puerto Rican descent
  • Richard Warren Sears (1863–1914), co-founder of Sears, Roebuck and Company, and considered a promotional genius

Religious figures

  • Saint Richard
  • Richard Baxter (1615 – 1691) English Puritan church leader, poet, hymn-writer.
  • Richard of Dover (died 1184), Benedictine monk and Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Richard Foxe (c. 1448 – 1528), Bishop of Exeter, Bath and Wells, Durham, and Winchester, Lord Privy Seal, and founder of Corpus Christi College, Oxford

In music


  • Richard D. James (born 1971), British composer and electronic musician, records music as Aphex Twin, among other monikers.
  • Richard Strauss (1864–1949), German composer and conductor
  • Richard Wagner (1813–1883), German composer, writer, conductor and theatre director

Singers and musicians



Military figures

In sports


  • Richard Dawkins (born 1941), English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author
  • Richard Feynman (1918–1988), American Nobel Prize-winning physicist
  • Richard D. James (born 1952), American mechanician and materials scientist
  • Richard Leakey (born 1944), politician, paleoanthropologist and conservationist


  • Richard Assman (born 1934), Canadian gas station owner who became famous as "Dick Assman"
  • Richard Garriott (born 1961), video game developer and entrepreneur
  • Richard Hwan (born 1992), Hongkong model-TV host based in the Philippines
  • Richard Matt (1966–2015), American convicted murderer and prison escapee
  • Richard Maury (1882–1950), American naturalized Argentine engineer
  • Richard Sorge (1895–1944), Soviet military intelligence officer
  • Action T4 Nazi euthanasia program


In Altaic languages

In Indo-European languages






In Afroasiatic languages

  • Arabic: ريتشارد (Rytshrd, Ritshrd, Rytshard, Ritshard)
  • Hebrew: ריצ'רד (Richard)

In Uralic languages

In Other languages

Short forms

  • Cornish: Hicca
  • Czech: Ríša
  • Dutch: Ries
  • English: Rick, Rich, Dick, Dickie, Rik, Ric
  • Estonian: Riho
  • Esperanto: Rikĉjo
  • Finnish: Riku
  • Hungarian: Ricsi, Ricsike, Rics
  • Icelandic: Rikki
  • Latvian: Rič
  • Lithuanian: Ryčka
  • Polish: Rysio, Rysiek, Ryś
  • Portuguese: Rico, Ric
  • Slovak: Rišo, Riško, Riči
  • Spanish: Cayo (Guatemala)
  • Greek: Στούκος (Stoúkos)

Pet forms

  • English: Ricky, Rickie, Rikki, Richie, Richi, Richy, Rich, Hick,[2] Dick, Dickie, Ritchie, Dickon


  1. ^ M. Petrossian (ed.). New Dictionary Armenian-English. Librairie de Beyrouth. p. 772.  Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  2. ^ Merriam-Webster Dictionary Hick
  • Meaning of Richard (English)
  • Meaning of Richard (French)

See also

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