Meaning: “ruler; soft, gentle: hence possibly meaning “gentle ruler.”
The name is composed of the Germanic elements, rich meaning, “ruler” and lind meaning “soft; tender; gentle.”
The name is considered hopelessly old fashioned in German speaking countries, but it may be appealing to the Anglo-phone parent looking for a name that has a” trendy-surname” appeal, especially if its pronounced the English way, (RICH-lind). In German, it is pronounced (ricH-lin-de), the CH is more of a gutteral H sound and the final E is pronounced.
Other forms are Richlind and Richlindis.
In Germany, its designated name-day is December 26.