Richard Nims in the US

  1. #1,946,140 Richard Nazario
  2. #1,946,141 Richard Negley
  3. #1,946,142 Richard Neuhaus
  4. #1,946,143 Richard Newlon
  5. #1,946,144 Richard Nims
  6. #1,946,145 Richard Nolet
  7. #1,946,146 Richard Nolette
  8. #1,946,147 Richard Norfleet
  9. #1,946,148 Richard Nylander
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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.
Origin uncertain. 1. It is most probably an altered from of German Nimtz (see Nemetz). 2. It has also been suggested that it may be an Anglicized form of French Nîmes, and so a habitational name from the city of this name. However, the evidence in support of this hypothesis seems to depend largely on the similarity in spelling.
16,019th in the U.S.

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