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Recorded in many spelling forms including Rich, Riche, Riches, Ritche, Rickman and Richman (English), Ruiche, Leriche, Ricq, (France), Ricci, Ricco, Richi and Richichi (Italy), Reich and Reicher, (Germany), Rico and Rica (Spain) and other countries, wherever it is first recorded and spelt, this interesting name has at least three distinct separate origins. Firstly, it may have developed from a nickname for a wealthy man, derived from pre 9th century Old French term "riche", meaning wealthy. Secondly, the origin may be from a short form of the (originally) Germanic male personal name Richard.

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