Richard Melka in the US

  1. #3,517,450 Richard Meggs
  2. #3,517,451 Richard Meitzler
  3. #3,517,452 Richard Meland
  4. #3,517,453 Richard Melhorn
  5. #3,517,454 Richard Melka
  6. #3,517,455 Richard Mendler
  7. #3,517,456 Richard Mensing
  8. #3,517,457 Richard Mentz
  9. #3,517,458 Richard Mentzel
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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).
8th in the U.S.
Polish and Czech: from melka ‘half-ground grain’, hence an metonymic occupational name for a miller or a nickname from the same word in Polish dialect denoting a flour soup.
51,022nd in the U.S.

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