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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English and German : from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements rīc ‘power(ful)’ + hari, heri ‘army’. The name was introduced into England by the Normans in the form Richier, but was largely absorbed by the much more common Richard.
  • Americanized spelling of German Ritscher, a variant of Richard.
  • German : nickname or status name from Sorbian ryčer ‘knight’.

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