How Virginia’s Richmond got its name

Oddly enough…first, I’ll start with Richmond, California as it bears a strong connection to the RVA we know and love today…

It’s pictured above and was named in 1854 by Edmund Randolph; after his home city of…

Richmond, Virginia, which was named in 1737 by William Byrd because of the curvature of the river and views from soft rolling hills abounding (especially the view in the second photo above looking downriver from Libby Hill) reminded him of the location of the London borough of…

Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, England, which derived it’s name from the Richmond Palace in 1501 by Henry VII, after the town of…

Richmond, Yorkshire, England, of which he was Earl, which was named in 1071 by Alan Rufus, after the village of…

Richemont, Normandy, France, which was named once upon a time long long ago by someone that history has now long since forgotten.