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This article is about the given name. For other uses, see Richard (disambiguation).
Richard I of England.png
17th-century portrait of Richard the Lionheart, a 12th-century King of England
Pronunciation /ˈrɪərd/
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 and Dutch.

People named Richard[edit]

Rulers and aristocrats[edit]

In politics and government[edit]

  • Richard Acland (1906–1990), one of the founders of the British Common Wealth Party and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Richard "Dick" Cheney (born 1941), Vice President of the United States under George W. Bush
  • Richard Clarence "Dick" Clark (born September 14, 1928), former Senator from Iowa
  • Richard Court (born 1947), Australian politician, former Premier of Western Australia
  • Richard Cromwell (1626–1712), son of Oliver Cromwell, and his successor as Lord Protector of England
  • Richard J. Daley (1902–1976), mayor of Chicago
  • Richard M. Daley (born 1942), American former state senator and mayor of Chicago, son of Richard J. Daley
  • Richard Hatfield (1931–1991), Canadian politician, Premier of New Brunswick
  • Richard Johnson (judge) (born 1937), President of the Irish High Court
  • Richard Mentor Johnson (1780–1850), Ninth Vice President of the United States, serving in the administration of Martin Van Buren.
  • Richard "Dick" Lugar (born April 4, 1932), former Senator from Indiana
  • Richard Nixon (1913–1994), only President of the United States to resign from office
  • Richard Rush (1780–1859), United States Attorney General and Secretary of the Treasury
  • Richard Stockton (1764–1828) United States Senator from New Jersey

Business people[edit]

  • 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 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]


  • 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[edit]



Military figures[edit]

In sports[edit]


  • 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



In Altaic languages[edit]

In Indo-European languages[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]

  • 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[edit]

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


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

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