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Cognates. French: Richard. Irish: Ristéard. ... Hungarian: Richárd Chinese: Xing Jian.

Chinese? I don't understand. How can a name in Europe be related to Chinese? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:19, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

Technically the poster is right -- so I added "Transliterations" --达伟 (talk) 11:21, 13 March 2010 (UTC)

Silly stuff[edit]

"Ric + hard?" Seriously? That's hilarious! How about ricce + -ward: wealthy/powerful/leading/noble-like? Sheesh. I want a citation for the "hard" bit. Odd, also, isn't it, that we have so many in Romance language areas. <sigh>

Anyway, this should be a standard disambiguation, and not a celebration of the name. Look at any other first name, where folks are known by it (e.g. Hugh). The fact that this page has its origins in an overly zealous kiddiewiki is one of those cases where I wonder why we try so hard to preserve things, rather than deleting and starting over. Geogre 17:05, 2 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Due to the german expansion while and after the existence of the Roman Empire, the name "Richard" was spread through many of the roman possesions. Tis is the reason why there are "Richards" in many of the Romanic languages. --Emperor Richard 22:59, 3 July 2006 (UTC)


First name articles are almost always either saints or disambiguations. They are not pronunciation guides or, worse yet, replications of Wiktionary. This article has been rewritten to follow suit, and it is now a disambiguation. Those interested in learning a spurious etymology of the name and a list of Richards that aren't in a List article can see the history prior to this edit. Sorry for being so snide about it, but we have long precedent, and folks ought to know not to duplicate Wiktionary in Wikipedia. Geogre 04:45, 3 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Bad idea[edit]

There are thousands of people named Richard, or a variant thereof, and I suspect that there are hundreds of articles about notable people by this name on Wikipedia as well. We should trim this infinite list down to those who are known as "Richard" in the singular form, or remove the lists all together and focus our writing on the name itself. (jarbarf) 17:36, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Has anyone ever heard of anyone named Richard being called Hecka? ((richard s. va 16:37 08/13/2007))


whats the origin of these shortening? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:18, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

I'd like to know that too since I have no clue. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:46, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
I'll second that. There must be some source that tells how Richard morphed to Dick as a nickname. Bizzybody (talk) 01:27, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
There are many old nicknames/shortenings in English where the first sound is changed. William > Will > Bill, Robert > Rob > Bob, for example. That might be a project. --Thnidu (talk) 14:22, 1 August 2015 (UTC) Straight Dope August 22, 2002 - Richard-of-Earth (talk) 08:38, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Link to list all Richards needed[edit]

The preceeding appears to be quite silly. A way to retrieve only all the surnames "Richard" would be more useful. Tusbra (talk) 23:09, 14 October 2008 (UTC)


Etymologically related to Richard?--达伟 (talk) 11:22, 13 March 2010 (UTC)

Almost certainly, but shouldn't be listed without a reference. --Thnidu (talk) 14:30, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
Apparently not as a whole. Contrary to my off-the-cuff opinion ↑↑ earlier today, what I've been able to find about it indicates that only the first element, ric- (rîcja), is in common. These are from the website Behind the Name (whose header warns Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed). All were contributed on 7/22/2007 by user "Lucille", who further edited the second and third on 2/2/2008.
  • Given Name RECCARED
    GENDER: Masculine
    USAGE: Ancient Germanic, History
    OTHER FORMS: Recared, Recarid, Recchared
    Meaning & History: This is most likely a form of Ricarad, though it may also be a form of Ricarid (which is less likely, because the element in Ricarid was rarely used by the ancient Germans). Reccared was the name of a 6th-century king of the Visigoths.
  • Given Name RICARAD
    OTHER FORMS: Richarad, Richared, Richrad, Richrat
    Meaning & History: The first element of this name is derived from the Germanic element rîcja "powerful, strong, mighty." This element is also closely related to Celtic rîg or rix and Gothic reiks, which all mean "king, ruler." The second element of this Germanic name is derived from Old High German rât "counsel."
  • Given Name RICARID
    OTHER FORMS: Racharid
    Meaning & History: The first element of this name is derived from the Germanic element rîcja "powerful, strong, mighty." This element is also closely related to Celtic rîg or rix and Gothic reiks, which all mean "king, ruler." The second element of this Germanic name is derived from Anglo-Saxon ridan "to ride."
--Thnidu (talk) 23:09, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

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Printing just page one?[edit]

In the interest of saving paper and trees, how does one print just the first page of this article; there are eleven pages? Tabletop (talk) 00:11, 29 March 2020 (UTC)