Gender: Male Meaning of Roland: "famous throughout the land" Origin of Roland: German Roland's Popularity in 2019: #531

Roland Origin and Meaning

The name Roland is a boy's name of German origin meaning "famous throughout the land".

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.

Like other vintage names (Roland was a a Top 100 name in the 1920s), Roland has been fashionable of late.

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Rank in US: #531

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Famous People Named Roland

Pop Culture References for the name Roland

Rawson, Rolly, Rollin, Rollo, Roldan, Rowlando, Rowe, Rowlandson, Rollie, Rolli, Rolin, Rowlands, Rulan, Roley, Rolo, Rolla,

Roland's International Variations

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


Eirini170 Says:


Name your son Ronald not Roland :/

Dietrich Says:



Dietrich Says:


A great Hero of ancient days. Teach him the story of his name!

Bobcat108 Says:


One of my great-uncles was a Roland w/the ROLL-end pronunciation, & the husband of a distant cousin was also a Roland but pronounced it RAH-lind.

Chloe14 Says:


Roland is wonderful! I'm considering adding it to my boys' list.

Wolfgang Says:


Famous German hero!

SB Says:


I like it. In my head it's kind of a tough guy name like Cash or Troy though. Is it too much pressure? Thoughts?

RoddyThlayli Says:


My first thought is the Grimms' fairy tale Sweetheart Roland, which is a pretty good association. I like the name.

Renae Johnson Says:


My son is named Roland. I get compliments about his name all the time. I love it!

l_cotton Says:


I've always liked this name, it is my uncle's, but everyone has always called him Rollie. This has always been a consideration of mine for a boy's name.

zzyzx Says:


When I first saw it I though the pronunciation was RAWL-land,however I also love the correct pronunciation ROLL-land :D

Nooshi Says:


I love Roland- I think it sounds so romantic and strong. The nn Roly is adorable, and Ro and Rollo make great nn's for when he is older. Roland Deschain is plain bada** too, so that always helps :).