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Richard I of England.png
17th-century portrait of Richard the Lionheart, a 12th-century King of England
Pronunciation /ˈrɪərd/
French: [ʁiʃaʁ]
German: [ˈʁiçaʁt] (Germany) or [ˈriçart] (Austria and Switzerland)
Czech: [ˈrɪxart]
Gender Male
Word/name Proto-Germanic
Meaning powerful leader
Other names
Nickname(s) Rich, Rick, Dick, Dickie, Riccardo, Reeks, Riquix, Richie, Ricardo, Rico, Ricky, Rickey

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".[citation needed] Nicknames include "Dick", "Dickie", "Rich", "Richie", "Rick", "Ricky", "Rickey", and others.[citation needed]

"Richard" is a common name in many Germanic languages, including English, German, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, and Dutch. It can also be used as a French, Hungarian, Finnish, and Estonian name.

People named Richard[edit]

Rulers and heads of state[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 Keith "Dick" Armey (born 1940), American politician, member U.S. House of Representatives from Texas (1985-2003)
  • Richard Armitage (born 1945), American government official, Deputy Secretary of State (2001-2005)
  • Richard Bedford "R.B." Bennett (1870-1947), Canadian politician, Prime Minister of Canada (1930-1935).
  • Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Burlington (1612–1698), Lord High Treasurer of Ireland and a cavalier.
  • Richard "Dick" Cheney (born 1941), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming (1979-1989), Secretary of Defense (1989-1993) and Vice President (2001-2009)
  • Richard C. "Dick" Clark (born 1928), American politician, U.S. Senator from Iowa (1973-1979)
  • Richard Court (born 1947), Australian politician, Premier of Western Australia (1993-2001)
  • Richard J. Daley (1902–1976), American politician, Mayor of Chicago (1955-1976)
  • Richard M. Daley (born 1942), American politician, Illinois state senator (1972-1980) and Mayor of Chicago (1989-2011)
  • Richard Darman (1943-2008), American businessman and government official, White House Staff Secretary (1981-1985), Deputy Secretary of the Treasury (1985-1987) and Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1989-1993)
  • Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple (1711–1779), British politician and associate and brother-in-law of William Pitt
  • Richard Hatfield (1931–1991), Canadian politician, Premier of New Brunswick (1970-1987)
  • Richard McGarrah Helms (1913-2002), American government official, Director of Central Intelligence (1966-1973), U.S. Ambasador to Iran (1973-1977)
  • Richard Johnson (judge) (born 1937), Irish jurist, President of the Irish High Court (2006-2009)
  • Richard Jones, 1st Earl of Ranelagh (1641–1712), Irish peer, and politician both in the Parliaments of England and Ireland
  • Richard Mentor Johnson (1780–1850), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky (1807-1819 and 1829-1833), U.S. Senator from Kentucky (1819-1829) and Vice President (1837-1841)
  • Richard "Dick" Lugar (born 1932), American politician, U.S. Senator from Indiana (1977-2011)
  • Richard Perle (born 1941), American government official and foreign policy specialist, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs 1981-1987
  • Richard Rush (1780–1859), American politician, U.S. Attorney General (1814-1817) and Secretary of the Treasury (1825-1829)
  • Richard Seddon (1845-1906), New Zealand politician, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1893-1906)
  • Richard Stockton (1764–1828), American politician, U.S. Senator from New Jersey (1796-1799), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1813-1815)
  • Richard Lewis "Dick" Thornburgh (born 1932), American politician, Governor of Pennsylvania (1979-1987) and U.S. Attorney General (1988-1991)
  • Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley (1760–1842), Anglo-Irish Governor-General of India, Foreign Secretary in the British Cabinet and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, brother of the 1st Duke of Wellington
  • Richard Wild (1912-1978), New Zealand jurist, Chief Justice of New Zealand (1966-1978)

Aristocrats and non-ruling royals[edit]

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 Rawlings (born 1969), star of American television show Fast N' Loud, owner of Gas Monkey garage, Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill and Gas Monkey Live
  • 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]


Singers and musicians[edit]



Military figures[edit]

In sports[edit]




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, Rytis
  • Polish: Rysio, Rysiek, Ryś
  • Portuguese: Rico, Ric
  • Slovak: Rišo, Riško, Riči
  • Spanish: Cayo (Guatemala)
  • Greek: Στούκος (Stoúkos)

Pet forms[edit]


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

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