The name Roland is a boy's name of German origin meaning "famous throughout the land". Roland is ranked #529 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Fame and Fortune and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".
From the experts:
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.