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  1. #1,789,871 Richard Vanderlaan
  2. #1,789,872 Richard Vandermark
  3. #1,789,873 Richard Vandermolen
  4. #1,789,874 Richard Vanderploeg
  5. #1,789,875 Richard Vandewalle
  6. #1,789,876 Richard Vanni
  7. #1,789,877 Richard Vannucci
  8. #1,789,878 Richard Vanwormer
  9. #1,789,879 Richard Vanzile
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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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Dutch (Van de Walle): 1. topographic name for someone who lived near a rampart or embankment, Middle Dutch walle (Germanic walla), or a habitational name from a place named with this word. 2. variant of Vanderwal.
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