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Meaning and Origin of: Willard

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Teutonic : Bold resolve
  • Teutonic : Valiant protector

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements wil ‘will’, ‘desire’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.
  • Probably an Americanized form of the German cognate Willhardt (see Willert).
  • Simon Willard (1605–76) came from Horsmonden, Kent, England, to Boston, MA, in 1634. In that year he became one of the founders of Cambridge, MA, and the following year (1635) was a founder of Concord, MA. Twenty years later, in 1659, he was a founder of Lancaster, MA. Simon Willard was involved in numerous confrontations with the native American Indians, in particular in King Philip’s War of 1675–76. He had seventeen children and was the ancestor of many prominent Americans.

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