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Richards Family History

Richards Name Meaning
English and German: patronymic from the personal name Richard. Richards is a frequent name in Wales.

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

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1,736,969 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
153,123 Military Records
138,865 Immigration Records
1,222,504 Census and Voter Lists
2,536,753 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Richards Families

  • Number of Richards families
     941 - 1,880
     314 - 940
     1 - 313
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Richards families
     3,235 - 6,467
     1,079 - 3,234
     1 - 1,078
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Richards families
     43 - 83
     15 - 42
     1 - 14
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Richards Family Origin

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Richards Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Richards

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Richards Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Richards census records

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Richards Civil War Service Records

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