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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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