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Roland meaning and name origin
Roland \r(o)-la-nd\ as a boy's name is pronounced ROH-land. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Roland is "renowned land". Roland is celebrated in French and Italian poetic and romantic sagas as a hero in the service of Charlemagne. Orlando is more common in several European languages, and Rowland was the preferred version in English in the past.
Roland has 16 variant forms: Lannie, Lanny, Orlando, Roeland, Rolando, Roldan, Roley, Rollan, Rolland, Rollie, Rollin, Rollins, Rollo, Rolly, Rowe and Rowland.
For more information, see also the related name Rawlins.
Baby names that sound like Roland are Ryland and Ryeland.
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Popularity of Roland
Roland is a very popular first name for men (#223 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1650 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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