The name ‘Richards’ originates from England, France and Germany. it was derived from the name ‘Richard’ in itself from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ‘ric’ meaning power and ‘hardy’, brave strong. This is found in old English but was popularized in England by the Normans. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Richards’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Hamo fil Ricardi’, from Norfolk, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Owen Richards’, from Merionetshire, North Wales, emigrated to America in 1710 and settled at Amity Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He died in 1753 leaving a son. Today, ‘Richards’ is the ‘196th’ most common surname in North America. … Coat of arms: Argent a chevro…
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