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GenderMasculine
PronouncedPron.RO-lənd English
RAW-LAHN French
RO-lant German
RO-lawnd Hungarian
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Meaning & History

From the Germanic elements hrod meaning "fame" and landa meaning "land", though some theories hold that the second element was originally nand meaning "brave". Roland was a semi-legendary French hero whose story is told in the medieval epic 'La Chanson de Roland', in which he is a nephew of Charlemagne killed in battle with the Saracens. The Normans introduced this name to England.
VariantsRolland, Rowland English Roeland Dutch Loránd, Lóránt Hungarian
DiminutivesRoly English Roel Dutch
Feminine FormRolande French
Other Languages & CulturesHrodland Ancient Germanic Orlando, Rolando Italian Rolando, Roldão Portuguese Rolan Russian Rolando, Roldán Spanish
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Images

Roland at Roncesvalles by Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville (1883)Roland at Roncesvalles by Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville (1883)

Categories

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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute