Hi Dawn, That is a good question.Jette recorded several Richards in the mid 1600s.None of them seem to be related or he would have picked up on it in documents like marriages and baptismal.
In Acadie: Michel, Rene, Alexandre and Martin. In Québec that never married (some were religious):Andre, Christophe, Francois, Jacques, Jean, Julien and Louise. In New France: Marin, Pierre, Rene, Guillaume, another Pierre, Yvon, Mathurin and Jacques.
Athttp://www.francogene.com/dgaa/dgaa-pr.phphttp://www.francogene.com/dgaa/dgaa-pr.php Jette has no parents listed for your Michel. RICHARD, Michel, n 1630 [R1671], laboureur en 1671 BLANCHARD, Madeleine, n 1643 [R1671] (Jean & Radegonde LAMBERT) [R1671-M]
Most records in Acadia were distroyed by the British andmost records in France were distroyed because of wars.We were lucky to get the parents of our pioneers and that was because the law required that they be mentioned in marriage contracts.
One reason that Richard must have been a common name in France was because of the definition of the word: "richard" is a moneyed person or capitalist.