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  1. #1,988,346 Richard Kindler
  2. #1,988,347 Richard Kingdon
  3. #1,988,348 Richard Kinter
  4. #1,988,349 Richard Kinzel
  5. #1,988,350 Richard Kirkley
  6. #1,988,351 Richard Klar
  7. #1,988,352 Richard Kleven
  8. #1,988,353 Richard Kluth
  9. #1,988,354 Richard Knittel
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Meaning & Origins

One of the most enduringly successful of the Old French personal names introduced into Britain by the Normans. It is of Germanic (Frankish) origin, derived from rīc ‘power’ + hard ‘strong, hardy’. It has enjoyed continuous popularity in England from the Conquest to the present day, influenced by the fact that it was borne by three kings of England, in particular Richard I (1157–99). He was king for only ten years (1189–99), most of which he spent in warfare abroad, taking part in the Third Crusade and costing the people of England considerable sums in taxes. Nevertheless, he achieved the status of a folk hero, and was never in England long enough to disappoint popular faith in his goodness and justice. He was also Duke of Aquitaine and Normandy and Count of Anjou, fiefs which he held at a time of maximum English expansion in France. His exploits as a leader of the Third Crusade earned him the nickname ‘Coeur de Lion’ or ‘Lionheart’ and a permanent place in popular imagination, in which he was even more firmly enshrined by Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe (1820).
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English: habitational name from Kirkley in Northumberland, found in early records as Crekellawe. The element Crekel is from Celtic crūg ‘hill’ + Old English hyll ‘hill’, to which the tautologous addition (Old English hlā ‘hill’, ‘mound’) was later made. There is also a Kirkley in Suffolk, named from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’, which may also have contributed to the surname.
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