First name origin & meaning:
French: Village man
Last name origins & meanings:
- Altered form of German Hilgard, from the female personal
name Hildegard, composed of the Germanic elements hild
‘strife’, ‘battle’ + gard ‘fortress’, ‘stronghold’.
- Henry Villard (1835–1900), journalist and financier, came from Bavaria to
North America in 1853, changing his name from Ferdinand Heinrich
Hilgard and settling in IL.
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