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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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James M. (Marney) Willard / born: between 1853 - 1860 in Ireland / or in Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, N.Y. US, Died: 1936 in Houma, Terrebone, Louisiana, USA. (Buried in Cemetery at St. Francis de Sale Catholic Church). Willard surname was changed from Mahoney / O'Mahony surname between 1850 & 1860 upon arrival in USA.


James Marney Willard - born in Ireland (or Brooklyn, New York, USA), between 1853 and 1860. "Willard" surname was changed from "Mahoney" around the time the famiily came to America in mid 1800's. Parents of James M. Willard and / or any siblings are unknown. // Were there Willard's in or around County Meath, Ireland before 1860? YDNA shows close genetic match to both Hunter's and Whelan's. // Most recent and closest SNP match w. YDNA is shown to have matched: Ryan. Our Best to You. (Please keep my e-mail address and information private).


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