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What does Roland mean?

Roland Pronunciation of Roland as a boys' 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH renowned (famous), hero


VARIANTS Lannie, Lanny, Orlando, Roeland, Rolando, Roldan, Roley, Rollan, Rolland, Rollie, Rollin, Rollins, Rollo, Rolly, Rowe, Rowland

SEE ALSO Rawlins

RELATIONS VIA ORLANDO Arlando, Land, Orlan, Orland

FEMININE FORMS Orlanda, Rolanda, Roline



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How popular is Roland?

Roland is a very prominent first name for males (#223 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#1752 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Roland reached its apex position of #108 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is at #544 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Lannie, Lanny, Orlan, Orland, Orlando (#666 LAST YEAR), Rolando (#1102), Rolland, Rollie, Rollin, Rollo, Rolly and Rowland are the popular varying forms of Roland (#544). These relations of Roland reached the top of their popularity a century ago (AVERAGE #1183) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1716, DOWN 73%), with forms such as Rollie becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Roland, Lannie, Lanny, Orlan, Orland in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Orlando, Rolando, Rolland, Rollie, Rollin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rollo, Rolly, Rowland in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Roland is pronounced similarly to Ryeland and Ryland. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aland, Arland, Colan, Dolan, Erland, Howland, Leland, Morland, Nolan, Noland, Rand, Roald, Roan, Roane, Roban, Rockland, Rogan, Rohan, Roman, Romano, Ronald, Ronan, Rowan, Royan, Rutland, Rylan and Wyland. These names tend to be less commonly used than Roland.

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