What does Rawlins mean?
Rawlins \ra(w)-li-ns\ as a boys' name is of Old French origin. The root can be traced back to Roland via the surnames Rolandson and Rawlinson, which were revived in the late 19th century as a given name.
Rawlins is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#5199 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Rawlins and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Rawlins (#unlisted) are Lannie, Lanny, Orlando (#558 a year ago), Roland (#612), Rolando (#905), Rolland, Rollie, Rollin, Rollo and Rowland. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.2968%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.0925%, down 68.8%), with forms such as Orlando, Rolando, Rollie, Rollin and Rowland falling out of fashion. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)