Richardson An English surname derived from the Old German Ric(h)ard meaning ‘powerful, brave’. Richard was one of the most popular personal names introduced into England by the Normans. Also a Scottish surname of the same derivation. In 1890 Richardson was principally found in Dublin and Antrim, and the estimated number of bearers was 2,420. In the United States it is the 63rd most numerous surname with an estimated 308,000 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 55th most numerous surname.
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