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The RICHARD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 52,138 581 0.019 193
United States (1880 census) 9,224 648 0.018 184
Change since 1880 +42914 +67 +0.001 +9
Other Countries
Australia 242 6351 0.001 15
United Kingdom 0 0
Top States for RICHARD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Louisiana 11,820 26 0.264 2,645
Texas 4,492 538 0.022 215
Massachusetts 3,943 135 0.062 621
Florida 2,843 674 0.018 178
California 2,815 1121 0.008 83
Top States for RICHARD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Louisiana 11,820 26 0.264 2,645
Maine 1,078 166 0.085 846
New Hampshire 864 125 0.070 699
Massachusetts 3,943 135 0.062 621
Rhode Island 539 154 0.051 514


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called RICHARD live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called RICHARD represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called RICHARD in Louisiana than any other state, but you are more likely to find a RICHARD by picking someone at random in Louisiana than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of RICHARD

Region of origin: Europe

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Ethnic distribution of RICHARD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 855 1.64
Asian/Pacific 318 0.61
Native American/Alaskan 271 0.52
White (Caucasian) 38,160 73.19
Black/African American 11,517 22.09
White (Hispanic) 1,011 1.94

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the RICHARD surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of RICHARD in historical publications

(origin: Sax.) From ric, rich, and ard, nature or disposition--of a liberal disposition.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

RICHARD. This baptismal name, besides becoming itself a surname, has given rise to many others ; viz., Richards, Richardson, Rich. Ritchie, Riches, Rick, Ricks, Rix, Rickson, Rixon, Ritson, Rickards, Ricket, Ricketts. From Dick and Hitchin, two ' nurse-names ' of Richard, we also derive Dix, Dicks. Dickson, Dixon, Digons, Dickens, Dickius, Dickinson, Dickerson, Dickison ; and Hitchins, Hitchinson, Hitchcock, Hitchcox.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to RICHARD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as RICHARD.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for RICHARD

The following words are slight variants of RICHARD that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.