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Gender: M Meaning of Roland: "famous throughout the land" Origin of Roland: German Roland's Popularity in 2013: #665

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Roland is a chivalrous old name made famous by the supposedly eight-foot-tall romantic hero and nephew of Charlemagne, celebrated in medieval poetry and song. It is more widely heard in the US now in its Spanish form, Rolando. You might want to consider rollicking short form Rollo, either on its own or as an abbreviation of Roland. Orlando is the graceful Italian form.

A Top 100 name in the 1920s, Roland now stands at Number 665, slightly higher on Nameberry.

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Famous People Named Roland

Roland "Champ" Bailey, American football player
Roland Sato Lee Page, American rapper

Pop Culture References for the Name Roland

Roland Deschain, anti hero of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series
Roland, Character in Catherine Jink's "Pagan" chronicals
King Roland II, character from Disney's "Sofia the First."
Roland Rat, British TV character (puppet)
Roland, dwarf "cousin" of Sabrina in "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" TV show
Son of Robin Hood and Maid Marian (Once Upon a Time)
Roland Sparks, a main character and fallen angel in the 'Fallen' series (Lauren Kate)

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Roland's International Variations

Roeland, Roel (Dutch) Loránd (Hungarian) Orlando (Italian) Rolando (Portuguese) Rolan (Russian) Rolle (Swedish)