from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Richard, Joseph Henri Maurice Known as "Rocket.” 1921-2000. Canadian hockey player. A right wing for the Montreal Canadiens (1942-1960), he led his team to eight Stanley Cup championships and was the first player to score 50 goals in a season.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name.
  • proper n. A patronymic surname.


From Middle English Rycharde, from Old French Richard ("Richard"), from Frankish *Rīcohard (literally "powerful leader"), from Proto-Germanic *rīkô (“ruler, chief, leader”) + Proto-Germanic *harduz (“hard”), equivalent to rich +‎ -ard. Cognate with Old High German Rīcohard ("Richard"), Old English rīca ("powerful ruler"). More at rich, hard. (Wiktionary)


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