Popular history cites the name Richmond Hill may have come from the Duke of Richmond visiting the area, however the family of Benjamin Barnard believed the name came about when their father taught his school classes to sing "The Lass of Richmond Hill", a song from his childhood upbringing in Richmond, Surrey.
Richmond Hill's town motto is "En la rose, je fleuris" (French for "Like the rose, I flourish), reflecting perhaps the motto of the Duke of Richmond or the fact the town was a rose-growing centre in the early 1900's - at the time the town was known as the Rose Capital of Canada.
In 1801 Abner Miles who was a York region merchant and inkeeper settled in the area, established a store, an ashery and an inn.
The village was known briefly as Miles Hill then Mount Pleasant and by 1830 the name Richmond Hill had been well established.
Many of these establishments have since been shut down and replaced by other structures, greatly improving the downtown area.
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William Berczy came from Genesee New York in 1794 and brought a group of settlers with him; the group was granted 64,000 acres of land in Markham Township.
This has earned the town the nickname "Rich Man's Hill".
Many wealthy Chinese from Hong Kong emigrated in the early to mid-1990s, when there was worry regarding the possible handing over of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
This land comprised what is now the southeast corner of Richmond Hill.
French emigrants also had a big influence on the settlement of Richmond Hill - they constructed eighteen log houses, a tavern and a church, but many of them later returned to France after the French monarchy was restored because they could not cope with living on such an underdeveloped land.