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Origin: Austria
Region Origin: Western Europe

The name Richard is a male given name with a rich history and meaning. It originates from Old Frankish and is a compound of the words descending from Proto-Germanic *rīk- 'ruler, leader, king' and *hardu- 'strong, brave, hardy', thus meaning 'strong in rule'. The name Richard is common in various forms across different languages, particularly Germanic languages such as Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, and Dutch, as well as other languages including Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and Finnish. The meaning of the name Richard can be derived from its Germanic and English origins. It signifies "powerful," "hardy," "brave," and "strong ruler". The name has been consistently popular since its introduction to England by the Normans in the 11th century. Famous people named Richard include King Richard I of England, also known as Richard the Lionheart, and American President Richard Nixon. Various nicknames for Richard include Rich, Rick, and Dick, among others.

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