Explore the Family Name Richman

The meaning of Richman

1. English: from the Middle English personal name Richeman, either from an unrecorded Old English Rīcmann, or from a pet form of Richard + the hypocoristic suffix -man. The name was sometimes interchangeable with Rickman, especially in recent times. 2. English: occasionally perhaps a nickname from Middle English riche ‘rich, powerful’ + -man. Compare Rich. 3. English: perhaps a variant of Richmond, or vice versa. 4. Americanized form of German Richmann: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements rīc ‘power(ful)’ + man ‘man’.

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

How common is the last name Richman in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Richman saw a slight decrease in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Richman was the 4765th most popular surname in the United States with 6,803 individuals bearing the name, representing roughly 2.52 per 100,000 people. However, by 2010, the surname had dropped to the 5289th position, with 6,583 individuals bearing the name, or approximately 2.23 per 100,000 people. This represents an overall decrease of about 11% in popularity and around 3.23% drop in total count.

Proportion per 100k2.522.23-11.51%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Richman

In terms of ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census data indicates some shifts among those bearing the surname Richman between 2000 and 2010. The largest increase was seen in the Hispanic segment, which nearly doubled from 1.26% to 2.48%. The Asian/Pacific Islander group saw the second-largest growth at 51.16%, rising from 0.43% to 0.65%. There was also a modest increase in the proportion of individuals identifying as two or more races and American Indian and Alaskan Native. Conversely, the percentage of individuals identified as white dropped slightly, from 94.78% to 93.48%, as did the Black segment, which decreased from 2.35% to 2.05%.

Two or More Races0.97%1.03%6.19%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.43%0.65%51.16%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.21%0.3%42.86%

Richman ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Richman is Ashkenazi Jewish, which comprises 46.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (23.0%) and French & German (13.8%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Eastern European, Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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Ashkenazi Jewish46.9%
British & Irish23.0%
French & German13.8%

Possible origins of the surname Richman

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Richman have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom55.10%
Greater London, United Kingdom55.10%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom55.10%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom54.60%
Merseyside, United Kingdom54.20%

What Richman haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Richman is J-CTS5368, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup J-CTS5368 is descended from haplogroup J-M304. Other common haplogroups include E-M5021 and R-CTS6, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Schwartz, Rosenberg, Weiss, Goldberg, Rosenthal, Friedman, Gold, Goldstein, Feldman, Berman.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Richman surname are: H1, H, K1a1b1a. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

richmanPaternal Haplogroup Origins J-M304
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to men who spread the Semitic languages

Men carrying the J-M267 lineage took part in many waves of migrations over the millennia, and domesticated animals and plants weren't the only things they carried. They may also have been among the communities that spread the Semitic languages, a diverse group that bloomed from a single proto-Semitic tongue in the Levant nearly 5,750 years ago. These men likely carried branches of both haplogroup J and of the Semitic language family through the Arabian Peninsula to the Horn of Africa. Still later, some J-M267-bearing men re-expanded from the Arabian Peninsula back through the Middle East and across North Africa in migrations associated with the emergence and spread of Islam.

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Richman have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Richman" Surname 43.6%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Richman" Surname 19.2%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Richman" Surname 17.5%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Richman" Surname 19.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Richman?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Richman are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Ashkenazi Jewish 57.0%

23andMe Users 57.2%