A statue of King Richard I of England.
An example of Richard is President Nixon's first name.
Origin of RichardMiddle English Rycharde from Old French Richard from Old High German Richart from Germanic an unverified form rik-, king (akin to Classical Latin rex: see right) + an unverified form harthuz, strong: for Indo-European base see hard
- 1157-99; king of England (1189-99): son of Henry IIcalled Richard Coeur′ de Li·on′ or Richard the Lion-Hearted
- 1367-1400; king of England (1377-99): last Plantagenet king; deposed: son of Edward, the Black Prince
- 1452-85; king of England (1483-85): last king of the house of York
- A male given name.
- (rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname.
From Middle English Rycharde, from Old French Richard (“Richard"), from Frankish *RÄ«cohard (literally “powerful leader"), from Proto-Germanic *rÄ«kÃ´ (“ruler, chief, leader") + Proto-Germanic *harduz (“hard"), equivalent to rich +"Ž -ard. Cognate with Old High German RÄ«cohard (“Richard"), Old English rÄ«ca (“powerful ruler"). More at rich, hard.