When I google most common town names in the world, Richmond shows up on many lists. According to the on-line version of England’s The Daily Mail, Richmond is the British town name most used around the world. There are Richmonds on 3 continents–North America, Europe, and Africa. Three Dukes of Richmond account for this explosion.
There are reportedly at least 30 Richmonds in the United States. The ones in Texas, Kentucky, Indiana, and California are fairly large; but most of them like the Richmonds in Kansas and 3 New England States are villages at best or are unincorporated. There’s a Richmond where I came from, but the word “Heights” has been added to it. Richmond Heights is a ring community that was once pretty affluent but like most big city ring communities close to the city center it has become somewhat less so. Its name might eventually change since it was suggested by Robert E. Lee, who thought that its placement resembled Richmond, Virginia, the largest Richmond in the world for now. Richmond, BC may become larger soon.
In Canada there’s also a Richmond in Ontario, but it’s much smaller than the Vancouver area Richmond. According to Barclay Simpson, who has written a book about The Richmonds in our world, there are 6 Richmonds in Canada. The one in Nova Scotia was once fairly large, but most of it was destroyed in the Halifax Explosion of 1917. The Richmond In South Africa near Cape Town is well promoted, but the one that is part of Johannesburg is less so. Perhaps over time their names will change too. There are Richmonds in 4 of the six political entities in Australia. Only Western Australia and The Northern Territory lack Richmonds. There are at least 4 Richmonds in Great Britain. Sir Mick Jagger of Rolling Stones fame, according to The Daily Mail, lives in the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames.
Proving that fame is fleeting, Dwayne Johnson is considered by some to be the most famous person in the world. You may be more familiar with his nickname, The Rock. Along the same lines, 2 still alive and fairly famous celebrities, Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty who are brother and sister, were born in Richmond, VA; but they didn’t stay there for very long.