- 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 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.