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Gender: Male Meaning of Roland: "famous throughout the land" Origin of Roland: German Roland's Popularity in 2017: #529

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.

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Famous People Named Roland

Roland Gérard Barthes, French literary theorist
Roland Jaime Orzabal (de la Quintana), British singer of band Tears for Fears
Roland Emmerich, German film director
Roland "Champ" Bailey, American football player
Roland Sato Lee Page aka Yung Ro, American rapper
Roland Doré, French sculptor
Roland Leighton, English poet

Pop Culture References for the name Roland

Roland Deschain, anti hero of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series
Roland Daggett, character in DC comics
Roland Burton, character on TV's Army Wives
Roland Jackson, character in animated TV show Extreme Ghostbusters
Roland LeBay, character in Stephen King's "Christine"
Roland, character in The Matrix films
Roland, Character in Catherine Jink's "Pagan" chronicals
King Roland II, character animated TV series "Sofia the First"
Roland Rat, British puppet TV character
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," series of video games and their main character
Roland, character in video game Borderlands

Roland's International Variations

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


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 :).