Willard Family History

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Willard Name 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).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Millard, Billard, Villard, Gillard, Willert, Wiard, Mallard, Willer

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Willard Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Willard name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Willard. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Willard Family Origin

Where is the Willard family from?

Willard Family Occupations

What did your Willard ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Willard occupation in Canada was Farmer. 26% of Willard's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Willard family was Cultivateur. Farmer, Painter and Scholar were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Willard.

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  • Farmer

  • Painter

  • Scholar

  • Cultivateur


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Willard ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Willard Historical Records

What Willard family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 134,000 census records available for the last name Willard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Willard census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Willard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 27,000 military records available for the last name Willard. For the veterans among your Willard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Willard Life Expectancy

What is the average Willard lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Willard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Willard in 1944 was 30, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Willard

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Willard ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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