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Rich Name Meaning
English: nickname for a wealthy man (or perhaps in some cases an ironic nickname for a pauper), from Middle English, Old French riche ‘rich’, ‘wealthy’ (of Germanic origin, akin to Germanic ric ‘power(ful)’).English: from a medieval personal name, a short form of Richard, or less commonly of some other compound name with this first element.English: habitational name from the lost village of Riche in Lincolnshire, apparently so named from an Old English element ric ‘stream’ or, here, ‘drainage channel’. Some early forms of the surname, such as Ricardus de la riche (Hampshire 1200) and Alexander atte Riche (Sussex 1296) probably derive from minor places named with this element in southern counties, as for example Glynde Reach in Sussex.Americanized form of German Reich.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Rich Families

  • Number of Rich families
     437 - 871
     146 - 436
     1 - 145
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Rich families
     310 - 617
     104 - 309
     1 - 103
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Rich families
     6 - 10
     3 - 5
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Rich Family Origin

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Rich Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Rich

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Rich Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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