Willard

First Name
78k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
21k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Willard

"Willard" is a name of English origin, and it means "Will brave". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  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 of mostly American usage. Partly transferred back from the surname.
  3. A city in Kansas.
  4. A city in Missouri.
  5. A village in New Mexico.
  6. A hamlet in New York.
  7. A city in Ohio.
  8. A city in Utah.
  9. A town in Wisconsin.

Notable Persons Named Willard

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

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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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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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 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 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 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 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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How popular is the baby name Willard in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 88 0 88
1881 94 0 94
1882 83 0 83
1883 92 0 92
1884 89 0 89
1885 95 0 95
1886 80 0 80
1887 95 0 95
1888 123 0 123
1889 100 0 100
1890 89 0 89
1891 101 0 101
1892 121 0 121
1893 118 0 118
1894 122 0 122
1895 113 0 113
1896 152 0 152
1897 143 0 143
1898 142 5 137
1899 151 7 144
1900 181 9 172
1901 136 0 136
1902 164 0 164
1903 170 8 162
1904 188 8 180
1905 194 14 180
1906 189 11 178
1907 207 6 201
1908 238 9 229
1909 232 13 219
1910 275 10 265
1911 353 15 338
1912 737 19 718
1913 946 20 926 #99 boy name
1914 1,330 28 1,302 #92 boy name
1915 2,924 35 2,889 #58 boy name
1916 2,445 32 2,413 #69 boy name
1917 2,229 41 2,188 #80 boy name
1918 2,354 43 2,311 #83 boy name
1919 2,047 33 2,014 #87 boy name
1920 2,120 31 2,089 #88 boy name
1921 2,106 29 2,077 #89 boy name
1922 2,042 24 2,018 #91 boy name
1923 1,968 23 1,945 #92 boy name
1924 1,860 26 1,834 #97 boy name
1925 1,824 29 1,795 #97 boy name
1926 1,834 25 1,809 #100 boy name
1927 1,765 31 1,734
1928 1,641 13 1,628
1929 1,534 21 1,513
1930 1,556 21 1,535
1931 1,403 25 1,378
1932 1,367 12 1,355
1933 1,301 18 1,283
1934 1,186 11 1,175
1935 1,227 13 1,214
1936 1,166 11 1,155
1937 1,178 14 1,164
1938 1,105 11 1,094
1939 1,113 8 1,105
1940 1,148 10 1,138
1941 1,094 9 1,085
1942 1,201 10 1,191
1943 1,236 7 1,229
1944 1,047 9 1,038
1945 963 6 957
1946 1,058 0 1,058
1947 1,032 7 1,025
1948 949 0 949
1949 934 8 926
1950 847 5 842
1951 778 0 778
1952 806 6 800
1953 774 6 768
1954 681 6 675
1955 722 0 722
1956 657 5 652
1957 638 0 638
1958 582 0 582
1959 572 0 572
1960 547 5 542
1961 513 6 507
1962 460 0 460
1963 497 0 497
1964 437 0 437
1965 414 0 414
1966 388 0 388
1967 401 6 395
1968 344 5 339
1969 316 5 311
1970 349 0 349
1971 305 0 305
1972 286 0 286
1973 219 0 219
1974 197 0 197
1975 229 0 229
1976 176 0 176
1977 172 0 172
1978 155 0 155
1979 171 0 171
1980 164 0 164
1981 136 0 136
1982 130 0 130
1983 128 0 128
1984 103 0 103
1985 105 0 105
1986 110 0 110
1987 117 0 117
1988 99 0 99
1989 112 0 112
1990 91 0 91
1991 81 0 81
1992 89 0 89
1993 76 0 76
1994 72 0 72
1995 83 0 83
1996 67 0 67
1997 66 0 66
1998 64 0 64
1999 59 0 59
2000 60 0 60
2001 60 0 60
2002 64 0 64
2003 59 0 59
2004 62 0 62
2005 60 0 60
2006 55 0 55
2007 48 0 48
2008 57 0 57
2009 40 0 40
2010 49 0 49
2011 34 0 34
2012 47 0 47
2013 31 0 31
2014 34 0 34
2015 44 0 44
2016 47 0 47

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Popularity of Willard as a first name

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Popularity of Willard as a last name

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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

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

  • How Popular is the name Willard? Willard is the 755th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 78,124 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 1912 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Willard ranks 85th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 68 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1912.
  • Weird things about the name Willard: Your name in reverse order is Dralliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wdiarll. 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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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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