Gender: Male Meaning of Richard: "dominant ruler" Origin of Richard: German Richard's Popularity in 2019: #198

Richard Origin and Meaning

The name Richard is a boy's name of German origin meaning "dominant ruler".

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 much less popular.

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.

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Rank in US: #198

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Famous People Named Richard

Pop Culture References for the name Richard

Ricky, Richer, Rich, Dick, Rashard, Ric, Ricard, Dicky, Richey, Ritch, Richardson, Rick, Richerd, Ritchy, Rickey, Raechard,

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, (Russian)


Ashley Lujan Says:


Tales of Graces F!

mill1020 Says:


I’m kind of digging this name right now. Would probably be nicknamed Richie. As someone mentioned below, Ridge is a cool nature nickname, too.

eve Says:


im a hisotyr buff

eve Says:


ewww like nixon?

richardkr34 Says:


Eh, you get the "Dick" joke a lot less than you'd think. Never really bothered me.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I do like Richard, and Ricky or Rich. If people still use Frances, and don't let one somewhat unappealing nickname take away from the name - well, it seems unfair that people then say to avoid Richard, basically because of Dick and Dickie. How are those worse than Fanny? Just don't use them. Also, Willie has been used for William, Wilhelmina, etc, but those names aren't exactly avoided because of it.

jaz.fortune Says:


This my husband's name. He is named after his grandpa Richard and his father Richardson. This is also a family name on my side, my great grandpa Richard and my mom was actually named after him, Rikki and my uncle Richard. So this will be most likely our first son's middle name. I like Sebastian Richard. Seems very classy.

headintheclouds Says:


I never liked the name Richard, neither in its full form nor its nicknames- Richie, Rick, Ricky and worst of all, Dick. The sound doesn't sit well with me, and I just think of the ultimate old rich powerful string-pulling white guy whose names match their personality- basically Dick Cheney, who is my primary association with this name. There are definitely nicer "classic" boy names in my book- even Robert, which I think is the most boring of the persistently and perennially popular boy names, is better than this.

Saffron_Rice Says:


One of my real favourites - historic, handsome, strong. Hate Dick though! Would nn him Richie.

ThistleThorn Says:


If I had a Richard I would definitely call him Richie.

Jordan Wendt Says:


My brother is named Richard after our grandfather, who was called Dick, but we have always called him Ridge. Its the name that everyone has always called him as well and for years he even refused to go by anything else. Also its not one that you hear very often and there aren't many ways to turn it into a joke (trust me, as his older sister, I have tried).

namergirl3 Says:


I know a Richie, about 20 years old. It's his only nn. My brother-in-law is Nathan Richard, but goes by Ricky most of the time. Neither have had any issues being called Dick. However, every Richard that I know who is 40 or older is either Rick or Dick. That nn seems to be going out of fashion, but I never understood how it came to be in the first place.

Essa Says:


I've always disliked this name so much and I don't know why! Perhaps it's always seemed a little too boring and dusty too me. I think it still needs a good few years before it should get pulled out of the attic again. And the nicknames!? Rich, Ricky, DICK!? Well they don't make it any better.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


This is the name of my friend's two year old brother. It seems to fit him well and he hasn't had any nicknames yet.

kitchi1 Says:


I don't think he'll be called Dick. That nickname is out of fashion, and I think most kids these days don't even know that that's a nickname for Richard. However, kids can be cruel. You never know. But it's not like he won't be called names even if he isn't Richard, right? My dad, grandfather, and uncle's name is Richard (crazy, I know). They're all Rick, Richard, and Richard. I don't really know my grandfather or uncle, but as far as I know, none of them were called Dick. By the way, I LOVE the name Richie! Blame Ritchie Valens, lol.

Guest Says:


My husband LOVES this name due to his godfather. He desperately wants to name our son Richard ("Richie"). I am horrified that he will get called Dick either in school or jokingly among our friends. Does anyone have experience naming their child this or know someone with the name? Were they called Dick? How much of an issue was it for your child/friend?