This name is of Old English (Anglo-Saxon) origin and was originally a surname derived from "Wilheard". In turn the name derives from Old High German name “Willihart”, composed of two elements: “*wiljô” (will, wish, desire) plus “*harduz / *hardu-” (hard, strong, brave, powerful one). Willard Preble Hall (1820–1882) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as the 17th Governor of Missouri from 1864 to 1865 during last years of the American Civil War.
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