Last name: Rickard

Recorded in the spellings of Rickard and Rickards, this is an Anglo-Scottish surname, but of Germanic origins. It derives from the famous pre 7th century personal name "Richard", meaning "powerful ruler", from the elements "ric", meaning power, and "hard", brave and strong. Given such a pedigree it is not perhaps surprising that throughout the centuries it was, and remains, one of the most popular names. It is said to have been introduced into Britain by the Normans after the 1066 Invasion, and it is therefore perhaps surprising that it is so romantically associated with King Richard 1st of England, and known as Coeur de Lyon. He was of the usual Norman-French origins, but publically at least in the legends of Robin Hood, he espoused the "Saxon" cause. The "s" of Rickards is the patronymic form, and means "son of". Amongst the many distinguished name holders was Sir George Rickards K.C.B. (1812 - 1889), a political economist, and counsel to the speaker of the House of Commons from 1851 to 1882. He was also Drummond Professor of Political Economy at the university of Oxford. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Adam Ricard. This was dated 1327, in the Subsidy Rolls of the county of Somerset, during the reign of King Edward IInd, 1307 - 1327. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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My Name Is Adam James Rickard"s" I know my family origin is from Norway and Look I have a Germanic Jaw Germanic blood and i live and breath my Germanic Root's ... I have been around A long time. in many ways forms and factors.

P.s i am from Australia my father has told me my grandfather is from Norway and our name is lived with us for a long time we a true Rickard"s" Rycard ..

una rickard
i am a Jamaican. I was told my great great grandfather was a Scottish slave master. i would love to know his name.

Barbie Cowell (nee Rickard)
Hi, I have explored more of my Fathers(Edward (Ted)Rickard) relatives. His fathers name was Harry, His mothers name was Annie (nee Rich), and my fathers brothers and sisters were Harry jnr, Blanche, Thomas, Annie, Lily, Nellie, Rose(Rosie). Harry Rickard(snr) was a bricklayer in London, passed away in 1926 aged 58. I have since found out that my father had a cousin called Ladd Rickard, and he also came to Australia in the 1950's???approx. Hope to shed more light on our family Tree.

David Rickard

I am looking for anyone who has the Rickard sirname - primarily who lived in Cornwall (probably tin miners) and moved to northeast england to sink shafts for coal mining in a village called wingate in county durham. You can contact me -

Maya Rickard

I was told my family came from Ireland. This is super cool, I could be related to a lot of you bellow me. Living in America, the family has for a while. There are not many Rickards (relatives) I know of.

Tabatha Rickard
my name is Tabatha Rickard, i dont know much of my family history and it has always sparked my imagination to learn about it... i decided i would search it up. i could be related to some of you people and i hope i am. i know my family comes from Ireland and Germany and Scotland. i know that im part Cherokee Indian and i know that my family orignally comes from Europe... but i need help finding out more!