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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]
Gender Male
Word/name Proto-Germanic
Meaning powerful leader
Other names
Nickname(s) Rich, Rick, Dick, Dickie, Riccardo, 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". Nicknames include "Dick", "Dickie", "Rich", "Richie", "Rick", "Ricky", "Rickey", and others.

"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

Rulers and aristocrats

In politics and government

Business people

  • 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

In music


  • 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



Military figures

In sports


  • 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

In Indo-European languages






In Afroasiatic languages

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

In Uralic languages

In Other languages

Short forms

  • 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


  1. M. Petrossian (ed.). New Dictionary Armenian-English. Librairie de Beyrouth. p. 772.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  2. Merriam-Webster Dictionary Hick

See also