Willard is a famous name in history. The Willard Hotel opened in Washington, DC, in 1818. Many famous people have stayed there including Abraham Lincoln when he arrived in Washington for his inauguration in 1861. J. Willard Marriott was the founder of Marriott Hotels, and it is believed that Willard Mitt Romney is named for him. George Romney and J. Willard were friends. There is a small town north of Salt Lake City named Willard near where George Romney’s ancestors settled, and there is a nearby Willard Bay of the great Salt Lake.