Le Riche

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This surname, or variants, can be found back to the 13th century in Jersey


Ellen Maud Le Riche (1878-1973), daughter of Charles (1847- ) and Mary Elizabeth, nee Bisson (1845- ), married Wallace Walton Coomes in West Ham in 1904

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Origin of Surname

The original Le Riche was probably a rich man, although other suggestions have been made for the derivation of the name, which is not among the earliest of Jersey surnames.

The name probably has a number of distinct separate origins. It may have developed from a nickname for a wealthy man, derived from the Middle English, Old French term "riche". The origin may also be the medieval English given name "Rich", usually a short form of the male personal name Richard, but also, in some cases, from any of the other compound names with the same first element, such as "Richer".

Richard is an Old Germanic personal name, composed of the elements "ric", power, with "hard", hardy, brave, strong; the name is found occasionally in Anglo-Saxon England, but was popularized by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066. Finally, the surname Rich, also found as Riche, Ritch and Ritchman, may be of Anglo-Saxon origin, and a topographical or locational name deriving from the Olde English term "ric", stream, drainage channel.

Early recordings include: Mosse le Riche (1195, Gloucestershire), Ricardus de la Riche (1200, Hampshire), and William Riche (1296, Sussex). A Coat of Arms granted to the family is quarterly gold and azure, a chevron between three roundles, each charged with a lion rampant all counterchanged. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Godwinus Le Riche, which was dated 1177, in the "Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire", during the reign of King Henry 11.

Early records

Although there are suggestions that the name has been present in Jersey, in one form or another, since the 13th century, we have been unable to confirm that these records have any connections with later Le Riches.

Le Riche is found in the Extente of 1528 and Raynold Le Riche appears in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550.


  • Le Riche, c1340
  • Rykeys 1236
  • Leriche, Normandy form

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