What does Willard mean?
Willard /wil-lard/ [2 sylls.] 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.
Related boy name: William.Kreatif forms: Walard, Waylard, Welard. [more]
How popular is Willard?
Willard is a very popular first name for males (#280 out of 1220, Top 23%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#1557 out of 150436, Top 1%). (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)
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 1910-1919 (usage of 0.9565%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.4975%, 48% less), with the version Willard becoming less fashionable. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Willard and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)