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What does Rowland mean?

Rowland Pronunciation of Rowland [row-land] as a boys' name is of Old German derivation, and Rowland means "renowned land; famous wolf". Rowland is an alternate form of Roland (Old German). Rowland is also a variant of Rolf (Old German): form of Rudolph.

Associated with: renowned (famous), wolf.


Rowland has 2 variants: Roeland and Rolland.

5 more alternative forms via Roland, Rolf: Rolando, Roldan, Rollan, Rollin and Rollins.

Creative forms:
(male) Raland, Riland, ..

(female) Rowgan, Rowran, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rowland Conley (R.C.), ..

How popular is Rowland?

Rowland is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#925 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Rowland reached its top rank of #719 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rowland name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rowland outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Roland (#586 from current records), Rolando (#949), Rollin, Rolf and Rolland are the popular varying forms of Rowland ranked in the Top 2000. These relations of Rowland were at the apex of their popularity 95 years ago (adoption of 0.2%) and are now much less conventional, with forms such as Rollin falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rowland, Roland, Rolando, Rolf, Rolland, Rollin in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rowland and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rowland is pronounced similarly to Ryeland and Ryland. Other suggested similar names are Aland, Arland, Bryland, Cortland, Derland, Devland, Durland, Earland, Erland, Garland, Harland, Howlan, Howland, Leeland, Leland, Leyland, Marland, Moorland (see Moreland), Moreland, Morland, Newland, Noland, Normand, Orland, Portland, Rand, Rawlins, Roald, Roan, Roane, Roban, Rockland, Rodman, Rodmann, Rogan, Rohan, Roman, Romano, Ronald, Ronan, Roshan, Roslin, Roslyn, Rowan, Rowdon, Rowen, Rowl, Rowlea, Rowlee, Rowley, Rowly, Royan, Roydan, Rutland, Rylan, Wayland and Wyland. These names tend to be more frequently used than Rowland.

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