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Origin and popularity of the name RICH


Rich : 1: 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’ a word of ancient Germanic origin akin to ancient Germanic rīc ‘power(ful)’.2: English: from the Middle English personal name Rich a pet form of any of the post-Conquest names beginning in Rich- such as Richer and especially Richard. Compare Rick.3: English: either a topographic name from Middle English riche(Old English ric) ‘stream’ signifying one who lived beside a stream as at Glynde Reach (Sussex) or perhaps a habitational name from the (now lost) village of Riche (Lincolnshire).4: English: sometimes perhaps a variant of Ridge with devoicing of the formerly medial consonant.5: Americanized form of German Reich.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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