Rich Family History
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’ a word of ancient Germanic origin akin to ancient Germanic rīc ‘power(ful)’. English: from the Middle English personal name Rich a pet form of any of the post-Conquest names beginning in Rich- such as Richer and especially Richard . Compare Rick . English: either a topographic name from Middle English riche(Old English ric) ‘stream’ signifying one who lived beside a stream as at Glynde Reach (Sussex) or perhaps a habitational name from the (now lost) village of Riche (Lincolnshire). English: sometimes perhaps a variant of Ridge with devoicing of the formerly medial consonant. Americanized form of German Reich .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press