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Willard is a classic baby name used for boys. The name Willard is also a name that originally began as a surname. Keep reading to discover more about the name.

Meaning of the name Willard:

German for “resolutely brave”.

Origin of the name Willard:

Willard is a baby name that comes with both English and Germanic origins. Traditionally, Willard started out as an English surname. The name Willard was derived from a Germanic given name “Willihard”.

Symbolism of the name Willard:

Willard is a name that can symbolize someone who is brave, determined, and chivalrous.

Style of the name Willard:


Gender of the name Willard:

The baby name Willard is traditionally used for boys.

Pronunciation of the name Willard:


Number of syllables in the name Willard:


Emotion evoked from the name Willard:

As a baby name, Willard can evoke feelings of courage and passion.

Alternative spellings for the name Willard:

  • Willerd

Nicknames for the name Willard:

Popularity of the name Willard:

According to the Social Security Administration, the baby name Willard was most popular in the early 1900s. In 1915, Willard landed as high as #58 on the top 1000 list of popular baby names.

Related names for the name Willard:

  • Allard
  • Millard
  • Wallace 
  • Wilford
  • Wilbert
  • Wayland

Great middle names for Willard and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Willard:

  • Willard Dyson (American drummer)
  • Willard Metcalf (American artist)
  • WillardSmith Jr. (full name for American actor, producer, rapper Will Smith)
  • Willard Ryan (American football coach)

Willards in movies/pop culture:

  • Willard Decker (character in the “Star Trek” universe)
  • Willard Whyte (character in the James Bond movie “Diamonds Are Forever”)
  • “Willard” (a 1971 and a 2003 horror film)
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