[ 2 syll. ro-lan(d), rol-a-nd ] The baby boy name Roland is pronounced as ROW-LahND in English, Row-LAON in French, or RAO-LaaNT in Polish †. Roland is mainly used in English, French, German, and Welsh, and it is of Germanic origin. Roland is of the meaning famous landowner. A two-element name, it is from the elements 'hruod' meaning fame ; 'lant' land, territory, homeland. Older forms of the name include Hrodland (Germanic) and Rolland (Latinized). The name is derived via Norman French from Old German, and it was introduced by the Normans to England. In the Domesday Book, it was recorded as Rolland. The name was borne by the heroic and gallant knight of Charlemagne, whose story was immortalized in the 12th century Le Chanson de Roland (The Song of Roland), one of the oldest major works in French literature. He was later depicted in other literary works, including Ludovico Ariosto's romantic epic Orlando Furioso (The Frenzy of Orlando, 1516) and Lord Byron's poems.
The name Roland is widely used; it has 52 variant forms that are used in English and other languages. English variant forms include Lanny, Orland, Orlando (used in German, Italian, and Spanish as well), Rawlings, Rawson, Roel, Rolanda, Rolande, Rolando (used in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish as well), Rolandson, Rolend, Roley, Rolla, Rollan, Rolland, Rolli, Rollin, Rollins, Rolly, Rolo, Rowe, Rowland, Rowlando, Rowlands, Rulan, and Rulon. Other English variants include the pet forms Rolin, Rollie, Rollo, Roly, and Rowley.
Variant forms of Roland used in other languages include Lando (Spanish), Lorand (Hungarian), Lorant (Hungarian), Loránd (Hungarian), Olo (Spanish), Orlo (Spanish), Rawlins (French), Revelin (Celtic and Gaelic), Roeland (Dutch), Rolan (French), Rolant (Welsh), Roldan (Spanish), Roldao (Portuguese), Roldán (Spanish), Rolek (Polish), Rollon (Spanish), Rolon (Spanish), Rudland (German), and Ruland (German). The pet forms Roli (German) and Rolle (Scandinavian) are other foreign variants.
Roland is a classic favorite. At present it is still a fairly popular baby name for boys, though to a lesser extent than it was previously. At the modest height of its usage in 1931, 0.159% of baby boys were named Roland. Its ranking then was #107. The baby name has since steeply dropped in popularity, and it is of occasional use in recent times. In 2018, its usage was only 0.026% and its ranking #544, but it was nevertheless the most popular within all boy names in its group. In 2018, Roland was used 35% more than the next ranked name, Orlando.
Baby names that sound like Roland include Riland, Rilind, Roeland, Rolande, Rolant, Roleen, Rolend, Rolin, Rolland, Rollande, Rollin, Rolline, Rolon, Rowland, Ruland, Rylan, Ryland, Rylean, Rylyn, and Rylynn.
† Pronunciation for Roland: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
A famous person named Roland is Filmmaker Roland Emmerich, born 10 November 1955, Stuttgart, Germany.