Richardson (surname)

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Richardson
Family name
Meaning "son of Richard"
Region of origin England
Related names Richards, Richison, Richson, Dickson
Footnotes: Frequency Comparisons: [1]

Richardson is an Anglo Saxon patronymic surname.[2] The prefix Richard, is a given name derived from the Old English ric ("power") and hard ("brave"/"hardy"). The suffix -son denotes "son/descendant of". The name Richard and Richardson is found in records as early as 1381 in Yorkshire, England.[3] It is the 64th most common surname in England. There are variant spellings including the Swedish Richardsson. People with the name Richardson or its variants include:

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Tarn Richardson, born 1972, English novelist

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  • Yvette Richardson, American meteorologist and expert on severe convection/tornadoes

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  1. ^ "Richardson Surname Meaning and Geographic Distribution". forebears.co.uk.  Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  3. ^ "Surname Richardson". surnamedb.com. Retrieved 2008-02-05.