Richard

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

The 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, Danish, Swedish and Dutch.

People named Richard[edit]

Rulers and aristocrats[edit]

In politics and government[edit]

Business people[edit]

  • 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 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[edit]

In music[edit]

Composers[edit]

  • Richard D. James (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[edit]

Actors[edit]

Explorers[edit]

Military figures[edit]

In sports[edit]

Scientists[edit]

  • Richard Dawkins (born 1941), English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author
  • Richard Feynman (1918-1988), American Nobel Prize-winning physicist
  • Richard Leakey (born 1944), politician, paleoanthropologist and conservationist

Other[edit]

Cognates/transliterations[edit]

In Altaic languages[edit]

In Indo-European languages[edit]

Germanic[edit]

Latin[edit]

Slavic[edit]

Other[edit]

In Afroasiatic languages[edit]

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

In Uralic languages[edit]

In Other languages[edit]

Short forms[edit]

  • Czech: Ríša
  • Dutch: Ries
  • English: Rick, Rich, Dick, Dickie, Rik, Ric
  • Estonian: Riho
  • 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: Stoycos

Pet forms[edit]

  • English: Ricky, Rickie, Rikki, Richie, Richi, Richy, Richu, Rich, Dick, Dickie, Ritchie

References[edit]

  1. ^ M. Petrossian (ed.). New Dictionary Armenian-English. Librairie de Beyrouth. p. 772.  Retrieved March 23, 2013.

See also[edit]