Roland Name Meaning & Origin

Roland

Pronunciation: ROH-lənd (key)

Origin of the name Roland:

A borrowing from the French, Roland is from the Old High German Hruodland, a compounding of the elements hruod (fame) and land (land): hence, "fame of the land" or "famous land." The name was introduced to England by the Normans. Var: Rowland.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Orlando, Rolando, Rollie, Rowland

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Nicknames for Roland

Rollie, Rolly, Land, Ro, Rollo, Ron, Lanny, Roy,or especially popular Max Cogan
We are considering Roland, but would use Rory as the nickname.

Meanings and history of the name Roland

It is of Old German origin, and its meaning is "renowned land".

Famous real-life people named Roland

Roland Garros, early French aviator and a fighter aircraft pilot during World War I. The French Open was named in honor of this heroic ace pilot.
Roland "Champ" Bailey, American football cornerback for the Denver Broncos.
Roland Emmerich, German film director, screenwriter, and producer.
Roland Joffé, English film director
(Daniel) Roland Michener, former Governor General of Canada.
Saint Roland, French abbot.
Roland Barthes - 20th century French literary theorist, philosopher, linguist, critic, and semiotician.
Maxwell "Roland" Cogan- 20th century rocket league enthusiast from Malvern, Pennsylvania in the United States

Roland in song, story & screen

Roland Deschain is the name of the heroic main character in Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series.

The "Song of Roland", written by an unknown poet, tells of Charlemagne's warrior nephew, Lord of the Breton Marches, who valiantly leads his men into battle against the Saracens, but dies in the massacre, defiant to the end.

Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski, police officer (and later teacher) on The Wire

Roland, Robin Hood’s adorable little boy on Once Upon a Time

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