The name ‘Richard’ originates from England . It is derived from the Germanic personal name composed of the elements ‘ric’ meaning power and ‘hard’ meaning hardy, brave, strong. This is found in Old English, but was popularized in England by the Normans. Variants: ‘Richard(e)s’, ‘Richardson’, ‘Ric(k)ards’, ‘Rickardes’, ‘Ritson’, ‘Ricarde’, ‘Ritchard’, ‘Riccard’, ‘Rickard’, ‘Rickerd’, ‘Rickert’. 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 ‘Bessie Richardson’, She arrived from Scotland in 1685 and settled in East New Jersey. ‘Major James Sydney Stewart Richardson’. United States Army (retired), of Washington, D.C. was editor and writer on technical subjects; he served a a lieutenant rising to rank of Major in the U.S. Army, last command with the 305th Cavalry, 2nd Squadron Rerserve, he recieved the Order of the Purple Heart, U… Coat of arms: Gules a fes…
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