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Recorded in the spellings of Wellard, Willard, and Wyllard, this ancient surname represents a rare survival of an Olde English personal name. This was the pre 7th century "Wilheard", composed of the elements "wil", meaning desire, and "hard", brave and strong. The given name is recorded in the county of Essex in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Wielardus", while other early Latinized examples include: Willardus de Wridlint of Suffolk in 1121, Hwylardus de Wytherendenn of Kent in 1180, and Wilardus uinitor of Yorkshire in 1192.

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