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  1. #233,396 Richard Jarrell
  2. #233,397 Richard Kasper
  3. #233,398 Richard Larue
  4. #233,399 Richard Medley
  5. #233,400 Richard Molnar
  6. #233,401 Richard Neill
  7. #233,402 Richard Patten
  8. #233,403 Richard Rainey
  9. #233,404 Richard Sell
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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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Hungarian (Molnár) and Jewish (from Hungary): occupational name from molnár ‘miller’, probably a Magyarized form of the Slavic word for a miller, mlinar. Molnar is also found as a Slovenian surname.
3,752nd in the U.S.

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