Best Nicknames for Richard

Updated on February 8, 2016

Faced with the dilemma of having three friends with the same first name? It can get tricky in social gatherings when you call across a room “Hey, Richard!” only to have all three of them respond simultaneously. It’s almost like they were meant to have the same name with how they respond all the same, and although it can be funny sometimes when they all respond to the same beckon, it can also be frustrating!

Calling them “Thing 1,” Thing 2,” and “Thing 3” would make matters easier, but let’s be real here; they need some nicknames! Lucky for you, with a name like Richard, there’s plenty of nicknames out there that they can go by, and they may already have one that family calls them by! Perhaps you’re not in this “three friend” scenario and you’re simply researching baby names, and wish to know more about nicknames for Richard, you’ve stumbled upon the right place!

Richard Meaning and Origin

It’s always interesting to learn how names came about, where they came from, and when they originated. Taking a peek into the history, we’ll learn quite a bit about the name Richard before we move into the nicknames for Richard.

The name Richard, although quite popular in America, is of Germanic origin, and when the compound is broken down, you get ric (meaning ruler and power) and hard (meaning brave and hardy) together making the name mean “brave power” or “Powerful, strong ruler.” Having such a strong name with a solid meaning behind it makes it one of the reasons why it became so popular in the first place!

Much like the name William, the Normans introduced this name into Britain and it became the name of three rulers: King Richards I, II, and III of England. Is it a coincidence that three people named Richard became rulers? Well perhaps the second two since it was a name passed on. Either way, it sounds like a terrific, strong name for a leader! It never hurts to have a name of royalty, either!

So now that you are aware of a few things behind the name of Richard, let’s get into the nicknames!

Nicknames for Richard

Richard is one of those names that can have many different nicknames associated with it, and if you are one with the name, chances are, you are already called by one or more of these nicknames or have been at some point in your life!


Richard Popularity

Most of us know at least one or two richards, which means that the name must be pretty popular! Taking a look into the Social Security Administration records, they spell it out rather clearly. Here’s some facts about the popularity of the name, although the SSA records only go back as far as 1900:

  • Today, the name is not all that popular amongst new babies, coming in very low on the list in the #141 slot! If you decided to name your baby Richard today, he would certainly have a name that is unique from the rest!

  • Richard was at its peak popularity from the 1920s through the 1960s, ranking its highest in the #5 slot from 1930 to 1947.

  • Since the 50’s, the name Richard has steadily decreased in popularity amongst newborns.

They say that time repeats itself so it’s only a matter of time before the name comes booming back into the top 10!

Famous Richards

I’ve already gone over the royalty in the name Richard, but to this day, there’s plenty of famous people out there flaunting the name well! Curious about who else has the name Richard? Let’s explore!

US Presidents

  • Richard M Johnson (Vice President, 1937)

  • Richard Nixon (Vice President, 1953. President, 1969)

More Famous Richards

  • Richard “Ricky” Barnes: Golfer
  • Richard C. Boone: Civil rights activist
  • Richard Dawson: Game show host, TV actor
  • Richard Gere: Movie Actor-- Played in Pretty Woman and Chicago, and is also known for roles he played in Runaway Bride, Primal Fear, and The Jackal
  • Richard Melville “Moby” Hall: Singer, songwriter
  • Richard Marx: Pop Singer
  • Richard Sherman: Football player-- Cornerback for Seahawks during their victory in Super Bowl XLVIII

Now that you know all that you really need to know about the name Richard, from the history to the nicknames and famous people, you either know a lot more about your name, or about a potential name you were considering for a bundle of joy on the way. Whatever the case, Richard is a timeless and well-respected name!

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      The King 

      11 months ago

      Honey if you would NEVER use one then you wouldn’t have a baby to name anyway! But you’re right, we do have a lot of options. It’s good to be The King, and since Richard means King we are officially allowed to call ourselves “The King”, and even speak in third person!

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      Jennifer Mugrage 

      3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Wow! I am impressed. I had no idea there were so many nicknames for Richard. I just basically knew about Rich, Rick, and Dick (the last of which I would never use). Truly, Richards have quite a few options.


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