Last name origins & meanings:
- English: nickname for a wealthy man (or perhaps in some cases
an ironic nickname for a pauper), from Middle English, Old French
riche ‘rich’, ‘wealthy’ (of Germanic origin, akin to Germanic
- English: from a medieval personal
name, a short form of Richard, or less commonly of some other
compound name with this first element.
- English: habitational name
from the lost village of Riche in Lincolnshire, apparently so named
from an Old English element ric ‘stream’ or, here, ‘drainage
channel’. Some early forms of the surname, such as Ricardus de la
riche (Hampshire 1200) and Alexander atte Riche (Sussex 1296) probably
derive from minor places named with this element in southern counties,
as for example Glynde Reach in Sussex.
- Americanized form of
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