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Willard

First Name
78k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
21k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Willard mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Willard

User Submitted Origins

English
56%
German
39%
American
6%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Georgia, U.S. says the name Willard means "The name Willard means 'Strong willed'".
  2. A user from Rhode Island, U.S. says the name Willard means "Strong willed".
  3. According to a user from Colorado, U.S., the name Willard means "Willard comes from old english and means hard willed. It was more of a title of an individual before it was a last name. Just as Wizard is a title meaning Very Wise".
  4. A user from Illinois, U.S. says the name Willard means "Ambition".
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  1. United States educator who was an early campaigner for higher education for women (1787-1870)
  2. United States advocate of temperance and women's suffrage (1839-1898)
Wiktionary

Old English wil (“will”) + heard (“brave, strong”).

  1. A patronymic surname​.
  2. A male given name from Old English of mostly American usage. Partly transferred back from the surname.
  3. An unincorporated community in Logan County, Colorado.
  4. An unincorporated community in Putnam County, Georgia.
  5. A tiny city in Shawnee County and Wabaunsee County, Kansas.
  6. An unincorporated community and coal town in Carter County, Kentucky.
  7. A small unincorporated community in Beaver Township, Bay County, Michigan.
  8. A city in Greene County, Missouri.
  9. A village in Torrance County, New Mexico.
  10. A hamlet primarily in the town of Romulus, Seneca County, New York.
  11. An unincorporated community in Pender County, North Carolina.
  12. A city in Huron County, Ohio.
  13. A small city in Box Elder County, Utah.
  14. A former unincorporated community in Loudoun County, Virginia, now a part of Washington Dulless International Airport.
  15. A small unincorporated community in Skamania County, Washington.
  16. A small town in Rusk County, Wisconsin.
  17. An unincorporated community in Clark County, Wisconsin.

Notable Persons Named Willard

Notable Persons Named Willard

Will Smith

Will Smith is an actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He was most active from 1985 to present. Will was given the name Willard Carroll Smith, Jr. on September 25th, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Will is also known as The Fresh Prince.

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Willard Libby

Willard Libby was a scientist in the field of radioactive decay. Willard was given the name Willard Frank Libby on December 17th, 1908 in Parachute, Colorado. He breathed his last breath on September 8th, 1980.

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Willard Van Orman Quine

Willard Van Orman Quine was a philosopher. Willard was born on June 25th, 1908 in Akron, Ohio. He left this life on December 25th, 2000.

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Willard Scott

Willard Scott is a weather presenter, author, television personality, and actor. He was most prominent from 1950 to 1950. Willard was given the name Willard Herman Scott, Jr. on March 7th, 1934 in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Galen Weston

Galen was given the name Willard Gordon Galen Weston on October 29th, 1940 in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

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W. Cleon Skousen

W. Cleon Skousen was a writer. W. was given the name Willard Cleon Skousen on January 20th, 1913 in Raymond, Alberta. He left this life on January 9th, 2006.

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  • Willard S. Boyle
    Scientist
  • Willard Maas
    Experimental Filmmaker
  • Willard Metcalf
    Artist
  • Willard Parker
    Actor
  • Willard Hershberger
    Baseball
  • Willard Robertson
    Actor
  • Willard Dickerman Straight
  • Willard Goldsmith III Rouse
  • Willard R. Espy
    Writer
  • Willard Fiske
  • Willard Mack
    Actor
  • Willard Warner
    Military Person
  • Willard G. Wyman
  • Willard L. Boyd

Notable Persons With the Last Name Willard

Notable Persons With the Last Name Willard

Fred Willard

Fred Willard is an actor, comedian, voice actor, and writer. He was most active from 1963 to present. Fred was born on September 18th, 1939 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.

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Frances Willard

Frances Willard was a university dean; political reformer; women's suffragist, dean (education), and women's suffrage. Frances was given the name Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard on September 28th, 1839 in Churchville, New York. She left this life on February 18th, 1898.

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Jess Willard

Jess Willard was a boxer. Jess was born on December 29th, 1881 in Pottawatomie County, Kansas. He left this life on December 15th, 1968.

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Atom Willard

Atom Willard is an alternative rock and punk rock drummer. He plays Drum kit. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to 1990. Atom was given the name Adam David Willard on August 15th, 1973 in San Diego.

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Dallas Albert Willard

Dallas Albert Willard was a philosopher. Dallas was born on September 4th, 1935 in Buffalo, Missouri, U.S. He passed away on May 8th, 2013.

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Elen Willard

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Common last names for Willard

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Clark
  • Hall
  • Martin
  • Wright
  • Thomas
  • Nelson
  • Walker

Common first names for Willard

  • John
  • William
  • James
  • Mary
  • Charles
  • Robert
  • George
  • Helen
  • Dorothy
  • Richard
  • Margaret
  • Harry
  • Ruth
  • Donald
  • Frank
  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Paul
  • Ralph

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Willard U.S.
  White 89.88% 64.26%
  African American 4.60% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.14% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.78% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.10% 16.26%

Of Last Name Willard

People with the last name Willard are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Willard

  • What name lists does Willard rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Willard? Willard is the 778th most popular name of all time. As a last name Willard was the 1,690th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Willard have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 78,287 babies born with the first name Willard in the United States. That's more than enough people named Willard to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Willard? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 88 new born babies.
  • When was Willard first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Willard is Thursday, November 8th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Willard born? The highest recorded use of the first name Willard was in 1915 with a total of 2,889 babies. That's a lot of babies named Willard!
  • Random Willard Factoid: According to the 1927 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Willard ranks 67th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Nebraska. Imagine that, 45 babies in Nebraska have the same name in 1927.
  • Weird things about the name Willard: The name spelled backwards is Dralliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Widllar. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Willard? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 21,352 people with the last name Willard.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Willard? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Willard as their last name.
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