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 (#4169 out of 88799, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Rawlins and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Rawlins (#unlisted) ranked in the Top 1000 are Lannie, Lanny, Orlando (#558 a year ago), Roland (#612), Rolando (#905), Rolland, Rollie, Rollin, Rollo and Rowland. This boy name reached the peak of its popularity during the years 1880-1889 and has become much less popular since, with forms such as Orlando, Rolando, Rollie, Rollin and Rowland falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)