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What does the name Richards mean?

The Richards name is thought to be English and Welsh, being found in documents dating back to the 1300s. The origin of the Richards surname is patronymic, and refers to someone who is the son or descendant of a person named Richard. This given name became especially popular in the medieval era as a tribute to English King Richard 'the Lionheart'.

The earliest occurrence of the Richards surname in our family history documents is from 1465, and we currently have 2,033,559 records where Richards appears.

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