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Roland is a Germanic boy’s name meaning “famous land.” Roland has been a popular name in the US since 1900 and its popularity has been on the rise since 2010. Roland is a name traditionally associated with knights and chivalry and makes a great choice for any little boy.

Meaning and Origin of the name Roland:

Roland is a boy's name of German origin meaning “famous land,” “from the famous land,” or “renowned land.”

Roland is a Frankish name. Frankish is an old Germanic language. Roland is made up of the elements Hrōð (meaning “fame”) and land. Some believe that land was derived from the Frankish word nand (meaning “brave” or “daring”).

Symbolism of the name Roland:

Roland is a chivalric name and is associated with the symbols of knightly valor, most notably the sword. A sword was more than a weapon to a knight but also a badge of office.

Nicknames for the name Roland:

Roland is a strong name for boys and has cute nicknames. We compiled the nicknames in the list below to help you find a great one for your baby. Some of the nicknames have a couple spelling variations, so we've included those as well.

  • Roll
  • Rollo
  • Rolo
  • Rolly
  • Rollie
  • Raul
  • Rollo
  • Lando
Baby name Roland


Style of the name Roland:


Gender of the name Roland:

Roland is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Roland:

RO-lənd (English), RAW-LAHN (French), RO-lant (German)

Number of syllables in the name Roland:


Emotion evoked from the name Roland:

Roland evokes feelings of chivalry and bravery.

Alternative spellings for the name Roland:

Popularity of the name Roland:

According to the Social Security Administration, Roland is a baby boy’s name that has been popular since 1900. Roland was in the top 200 names until 1954 but popularity has begun to return since 2010.

  • Rollo
  • Orlando 
  • Raul
  • Rolan
  • Lorenzo
  • Lorant

Great middle names for the name Roland and their meanings:

  • Locke (fortified)
  • Oliver (olive tree)
  • August (magnificent)
  • Luca (man from Lucania)
  • Oscar (champion)
  • Loch (lake)

Famous people with the name Roland:

  • Roland Barthes (French literary theorist)
  • Roland Jaime Orzabal (British singer)
  • Roland Emmerich (German film director)
  • Roland “Champ” Bailey (American football player)
  • Roland Leighton (English poet)
  • Roland Deschain (literature, “Dark Tower” series by Stephen King)
  • Roland Daggett (DC comics)
  • King Roland II (television, “Sofia the First”)
  • Roland (television, “Once Upon a Time”)
  • Roland Hallivard (literature, “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J. Maas)
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