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Meaning and Name Origin

Willard \wi-lla-rd\ as a boys' name is pronounced WIL-erd. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Willard is "strong desire". From Wilheard. TV weatherman Willard Scott.


Willard has 1 variant: Willerd.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name William.


Willard is a very popular first name for males (#280 out of 1220, Top 23%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#1337 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Willard for boys. Willard reached its top rank of #85 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Willard name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Willard outside U.S.

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Willard and affiliated names. William (#5 the previous year) is the only other prominent varying form of Willard listed in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 and have become much less widespread since, with the version Willard becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Willard, William in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of William outside U.S.

Similar Names

Willard is pronounced similarly to Allard and Ellard. Other suggested similar baby names are Hillard, Millard and Villard. These names tend to be less commonly used than Willard.