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Richard Family History

Richard Name Meaning

English, French, German, and Dutch: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.

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


Similar surnames: Pickard, Guichard, Richer, Reichard, Richards, Reckard, Gothard

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Where is the Richard family from?

You can see how Richard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Richard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Richard families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there were 81 Richard families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 23% of all the recorded Richard's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Richard families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Richard surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Richard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Richard. 18% of Richard men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Richard women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Richard were Truck Driver and Housework.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housework
    6%
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Census Records

There are 449,000 census records available for the last name Richard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Richard census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 50,000 immigration records available for the last name Richard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 64,000 military records available for the last name Richard. For the veterans among your Richard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Richard lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Richard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Richard in 1941 was 31, and 73 in 2004.

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