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Gender: M Meaning of Richard: "dominant ruler" Origin of Richard: German Richard's Popularity in 2015: #155

A classic old Norman name popular for a thousand years and favored for kings (Richard Nixon was named for Richard the Lionhearted), as well as the hoi polloi (as in every Tom, Dick and Harry), Richard was the sixth most popular US boys' name in 1925, and was still Number 8 in 1950, but is now not even in the Top 100.

We predict that if parents do readopt the name Richard, it will be in its full and formal version. All the possible nicknames -- Richie (too Happy Days), Ricky, (too I Love Lucy) and especially Dick (too tricky and teasable) -- sound so dated that it's hard to imagine Richard ever coming back into style. But not that long ago, people said that about now-hot baby names Jake and Max.

Famous People Named Richard

Richard I the Lionheart, King of England
Richard II, King of England
Richard III, King of England and subject of a play by Shakespeare
Richard Mant (1776-1848), hymnist
Richard Wagner, German composer
Richard "Dick" Winters, WWII paratrooper and CO of Easy Company (of "Band of Brothers" fame)
Richard Benjamin "Dick" Haymes (1918-1980), Argentine actor & singer
Richard Ralph Haymes (1942), son of Dick Haymes & Joanne Dru
Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th U.S. president
Richard Burton, Welsh actor
Richard Starkey, birth name of Ringo Starr, English drummer for The Beatles
(Clinton) Richard Dawkins, English evolutionist
Richard Charles Rodgers, American composer
Richard Lynn Carpenter, American musician and composer
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor, American comedian
Richard Tiffany Gere, American actor
Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr., business man & TV personality
Richard Crispin Armitage, English actor
Richard E. Grant, English actor
Richard Speight Jr., actor
Richard Dean Anderson, American actor
Richard Roxburgh, Australian actor
Richard Madden, Scottish actor
Richard Ellef Ayoade, English comedian, actor, writer and director
Richard Robert Ruccolo, American actor
Richard David Briers, English actor
Richard Sherman, NFL player for the Seattle Seahawks
Richard (Richie) Hugh McCaw, N.Z. All Blacks rugby Team Captain
Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist & Nobel prize winner
Richard Hadfield, member of English band Collabro
Richard Stephen Dreyfuss, American actor
Richard "Dick" Gordon Jr., American astronaut
Richard 'Fazer' Rawson, British Singer, Producer and member of N-Dubz
Richard Branson, British entrepeneur
Richard Warren, Mayflower passenger
Richard Morton Sherman, American songwriter who specialized in musical films with his brother Robert B. Sherman, particularly Disney films, and responsible for more motion picture musical song scores than any other songwriting team in film history
Richard Leaf, British actor
Richard James "Rick" Cosnett, Zimbabwean-Australian actor
Richard Lui, American journalist, MSNBC anchor
Richard Meeker Jr., late son of American actress Mary Tyler Moore

Pop Culture References for the name Richard

Richard Hendricks, character on TV's "Silicon Valley"
Richard Alexander Rodgers, the given name to main character 'Rick Castle' on TV's "Castle"
Richard Edgar Castle, legal name of main character on TV's "Castle"
Richard Anderson, character in short story "Fostered" of the "Fostered" series by author Tina Tirrell
Richard "Dick" Grayson aka Robin, Batman's sidekick
Richard Bucket, character on British comedy "Keeping Up Appearances"
Richard Gilmore, character on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
Richard Roma, character in David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross"
Richard Webber, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Richard Travers, character in the movie "Cliffhanger"
Richard Cole the English, kjurnalist from the Power of Five book series
Richard Cypher, main character on TV's "Legend of the Seeker"
Richard Parker, tiger in Yann Martel's "Life of Pi"
Richard Wellington, character in game 'Ace Attorney'
Richard Tyler, character in animated film "The Pagemaster"
Richard "Dick" Casablancas, character on TV's "Veronica Mars"
Richard "Dick" Campbell Gansey III, character in "The Raven Cycle"
Richard Papen, character in "The Secret History"
Richard Lestrange, character in "The Blue Lagoon"
King Richard, character from Disney's 1973 animated film "Robin Hood"
Richard "Rocky" Scarlet, character in "Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism" by Georgia Byng
Richard "Rich" Hardbeck, character from British TV show "Skins"

Richard's International Variations

Dic (Romanian) Arri, Rollo, Riks, Riki, Juki (Estonian) Richart (German) Ryszard, Rysio, Rye (Polish) Rickert, Rickard (Swedish) Rihardos (Greek) Rostya, Slavik, Slava, Slavka (Russian) Richards, Rihards (Latvian) Richi, Riqui, Rico, Ricardo (Spanish) Riocard (Irish) Reku (Finnish) Riczi, Rikard (Hungarian) Ricciardo, Ricco, Riccardo (Italian) Rhisiart (Welsh) Ristéard (Irish Gaelic) Risa (Czech) Ruiseart (Scottish Gaelic) Ricardo (Portuguese)