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This English, French and German surname of REETZ was a baptismal name 'the son of Richard'. The name was originally derived from a Germanic root meaning 'strong-ruler'. The name was in use among the Anglo-Saxons in the form RICEHARD. The name has numerous variant spellings which include REICH, RIKER, RICHE, RICHMAN, RIQUE, REICHE, RIEKE and RICHES. Early records of the name mention Ricard (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Adam Ricard of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Thomas Richards of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Ricards and Jane Lovelacke were married in London in the year 1799. Henry Brinley RICHARDS (1819-1895) was a Welsh pianist and composer, born in Carmarthen and educated at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Regarded as the finest piano player in the country, he was also a prolific composer of songs, piano pieces, and choruses. During a study trip to Paris, he befriended Chopin. His best remembered piece is 'God Bless the Prince of Wales'. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84. In the United States they populated the states of Pennsylvania, New York and Illinois, Texas and California. One of the early settlers was a Thomas REICH who sailed to New York in l7l0. Another settler was Gottfried REICH who sailed to Philadelphia in l840. Later bearers of the name RIKER achieved prominence through contributions to society. Amongst these was WILLI REICH (l898-l980) who was an Austrian musicologist and critic.

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