- Richard is a male name of French origin.
An example of Richard is President Nixon's first name.
A statue of King Richard I of England.
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
- A male given name.
- (rare compared to given name) A patronymic surnameâ€‹.
From Middle English Rycharde, from Old French Richard (â€œRichardâ€), from Frankish *RÄ«cohard (literally â€œpowerful leaderâ€), from Proto-Germanic *rÄ«kÃ´ (â€œruler, chief, leaderâ€) + Proto-Germanic *harduz (â€œhardâ€), equivalent to rich +â€Ž -ard. Cognate with Old High German RÄ«cohard (â€œRichardâ€), Old English rÄ«ca (â€œpowerful rulerâ€). More at rich, hard.