Richard Schlesinger in the US

  1. #491,222 Richard Pointer
  2. #491,223 Richard Portillo
  3. #491,224 Richard Ricciardi
  4. #491,225 Richard Robichaud
  5. #491,226 Richard Schlesinger
  6. #491,227 Richard Sides
  7. #491,228 Richard Slattery
  8. #491,229 Richard Stamm
  9. #491,230 Richard Stocker
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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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German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): regional name for someone from Silesia, German Schlesien, Schlesing ‘Silesia’ (Polish Śląsk). The area was named for the Silingae, a Germanic people who occupied the region before being displaced by Slavs in the 8th century AD. It has been governed at different times by Prussia and by Poland. Since 1945 it has been part of Poland. Other places named with the same element include Schleusingen in Saxony, Schlenzig in Pomerania, and Schlenz in Silesia itself, and it is possible that in some instances the surname derives from one of these.
7,337th in the U.S.

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