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Type Surname (from given name)
Other Forms FormsRichier; Ritscher; Riechers

Meaning & History

From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ric ‘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 rycer ‘knight’.
Added 5/15/2014 by LMS
Edited 6/11/2016 by LMS