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Quick Facts on Willard

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Heroic, Valiant, Brave

Characteristics of Willard

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Willard

Willard is a masculine personal name, the Modern English form of the Olde English Wilheard, ultimately deriving from the Old High German Willihard meaning, quite literally, “heroic, valiant, brave,” composed of the Ancient Germanic elements wil “to be willing, to desire, wish” and hard “hardy, strong, brave” (“heroic” in the sense of one’s willingness to show courage).  
This name represents a rare example of an Olde English name of Anglo-Saxon origin to survive the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. As a given name, it first appeared in the famous Domesday Book of 1086 in the Latinized form of “Wielardus.” A couple of centuries later, it emerged as a patronymic English surname (i.e., one passed down from the personal name of the father).  The first written record of the surname appeared in Norfolk, England as “Wilard” in the mid-12th century.

Popularity of the Name Willard

Willard joins the ranks of very few Olde English names still in circulation today after more than 1500 years (Alfred and Edward being other notable examples). Wilkin and Wilkie were common pet forms used in the Middle Ages. In terms of U.S. popularity, Willard saw most of his success at the turn of the 20th century, especially in 1915 when the name ranked a remarkable #58 in total use.  However, Old Willard has not made the trip with us into the 21st century (only 44 baby boys born in 2015 were called Willard). Still, this sweetly old-fashioned name is one reserved only for the heroic.
Popularity of the Boy Name Willard
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Personality of the Boy Name Willard

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Willard

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