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The name Willard arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Willard comes from the Norman given name Willard. This name is derived from the Germanic roots will, meaning desire, and heard, meaning strong or hard. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


Willard Early Origins



The surname Willard was first found in east Kent and Sussex where they were Lords of the Manor of Eastbourne. The family were originally named Villiard, or Guillarrt, and were from Caen in Normandy in pre Conquest times. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
In the Domesday Book they are recorded variously as Wielardus, Wilardus, and Wlward. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
[4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Further speculation on the origin of this distinguished family name of the U.S.A., can be deduced from the Willard Memoir by Joseph Willard published in Boston Mass. in 1858. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Woollard is a small village on the River Chew in the Chew Valley in East Somerset. Some of the first records of the name include: Wihelardus de Trophil who was listed in the History of Northumberland in 1168 and Wilard de Pikeeden who was listed in the same source in 1227. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Emayn Wylard. William Willarde was listed in Kent in 1602 and Nicholas Willard from Kent married Jane Coumber at Canterbury in 1690. [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Willard Spelling Variations


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Willard Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Willard are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Willard include Willard, Wilard, Viliard, Villiard, Wielard, Willardby, Willardsey, Willardsham, Willardstone and many more.

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Willard Early History


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Willard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willard research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1617, 1630, 1634, 1605, 1676, 1634, 1643, 1672, 1692, 1692, 1640, 1707 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Willard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Willard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Willard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Simon Willard (1605-1676), English settler to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1634, he was one of the thirteen heads of families in Concord that signed Reverend Peter Bulkeley's 1643 petition to Governor John Endecott in support of Ambrose Martin...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Willard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Willard, or a variant listed above:

Willard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Simon Willard (1605-1676), English settler and army major from Horsmonden, Kent, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1634, founder of Concord and served in the Massachusetts General Court (1636 to 1654), progenitor to Rev. Samuel Willard and Simon Willard, the clockmaker
  • Jo Willard, aged 16, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • Jo Willard settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • George Willard settled in New England in 1635
  • George Willard, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Willard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Willard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Martin Willard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749

Willard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles D Willard, who landed in America in 1807
  • Lewis Willard, aged 23, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Ephraim Willard, aged 35, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1822
  • B. F. Willard settled in New York in 1822
  • M. N. Willard settled with their son in San Francisco, California in 1852

Willard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Levy Willard U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Solomon Willard U.E. born in New Hampshire, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Willard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Willard, aged 19, landed in Montreal in 1849

Willard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Willard, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Willard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Willard (post 1700)



  • Solomon Willard (1783-1861), American carver and builder, best known for designing and overseeing the Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown, Massachusetts
  • Kenneth Henderson "Ken" Willard (b. 1943), former American NFL football running back/fullback
  • Huntington Faxon Willard (b. 1953), American human geneticist
  • Daniel Willard (1861-1942), American railroad executive, president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) from 1910 to 1941
  • Dallas Albert Willard (1935-2013), American philosopher
  • Charles Wesley Willard (1827-1880), American politician, lawyer and newspaper editor, U.S. Representative from Vermont (1869-1875)
  • Alexander Hamilton Willard (1777-1865), American blacksmith on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Aaron Willard (1757-1844), American entrepreneur, an industrialist, and a designer of clocks in Boston
  • Alexander Willard, American politician, U.S. Consul in Guaymas, 1884
  • Andrew Willard, American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1866
  • ... (Another 69 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Willard Historic Events


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Willard Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Miss Constance Willard, aged 21, American First Class passenger from Duluth, Minnesota who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 8

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Suggested Readings for the name Willard


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Suggested Readings for the name Willard



  • History of Valuable Pioneers of the State of Arizona by Sally Munds Williams.
  • The Gump Family in America, 1732-1983 (also Willard Family) by Arlo K. Gump.
  • The Family of Stephen Frank Willard, Wethersfield, Connecticut by Stephen Franklin Willard.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Willard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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