What does the name Richardson mean?
The origin of the Richardson surname is English and has Anglo-Saxon roots, being found in records dating back from as early as the 1300s. Richardson is a patronymic surname coming from the son or descendant of Richard. Where Richards is a more common name for this kind of descendant in the south of the country, this name can be found more often in the North of England (particularly in Yorkshire).
The earliest occurrence of the Richardson surname in our family history documents is from 1491, and we currently have 2,774,154 records where Richardson appears.
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Typical jobs for Richardsons
Hard-working people, the Richardsons. 2775 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Richardsons lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Richardson in Yorkshire.
Richardsons’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Richardsons were angels, apparently. We found 2895 in criminal records.
Richardsons in World War I
According to the World War I records, 4052 Richardsons served in the First World War.