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Gender: Male Meaning of Ricardo: "dominant ruler" Origin of Ricardo: Portuguese and Spanish variation of Richard Ricardo's Popularity in 2017: #302

The name Ricardo is a boy's name of Spanish, Portuguese origin meaning "dominant ruler". Ricardo is ranked #302 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Ruler or Royal and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

From the experts:

Richard is far from fashionable, but Ricardo is one of the most popular Spanish names for boys in the US. And it does sound far more appealing that the English version.

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Famous People Named Ricardo

Ricardo "Kaká" Izecson dos Santos Leite, Brazilian professional football player
Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán (y Merino), Mexican actor
(Edgar) Ricardo Arjona (Morales), Guatemalan singer-songwriter
Ricardo Mello, Brazilian tennis player
Ricardo Hocevar, Brazilian tennis player
Ricardo Froilán Lagos (Escobar), former president of Chile
Ricardo Luiz Zonta, Brazilian racing driver
Ricardo Montaner (born Héctor Eduardo Reglero Montaner), Venezuelan singer-songwriter
Ricardo Alberto Silveira de Carvalho, Portuguese footballer
Ricardo Cortez (born Jacob Krantz), American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Ricardo

Ricky and Lucy Ricardo, characters from TV's "I Love Lucy"

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Guest Says:


I love Richard even tho people see it as old but I see Ricardo as Leonardo is to Leonard, it makes it younger and cooler. And I could still call him Rico. I love it.