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Gender: M Meaning of Roland: "famous throughout the land" Origin of Roland: German Roland's Popularity in 2016: #561

The name Roland is a boy's name of German origin meaning "famous throughout the land". Roland is ranked #561 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like The Exoticizer 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. It now stands at Number 561 in the USA, Number 42 in Hungary and 395 on Nameberry.

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Famous People Named Roland

Roland Barthes, French literary theorist
Roland "Champ" Bailey, American football player
Roland Sato Lee Page, American rapper
Roland Leighton, English poet

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
Roland, son of Robin Hood and Maid Marian on TV's Once Upon a Time
Roland Sparks, a main character and fallen angel in the 'Fallen' series (Lauren Kate)
Roland Inness, main character in the Longbow Series (Wayne Grant)
Roland Hallivard, character in the "Throne of Glass" book series by Sarah J. Maas
Roland Daggett, character in DC Universe

Roland's International Variations

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