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The main character in Stephen King's Dark Tower series is called Roland.
zita  1/29/2006
Roland is also the name of the king in Stephen King's Eye of the Dragon. The poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" by Robert Browning inspired King to write the Dark Tower series.
jess6214  10/19/2006
It's not really a famous bearer but: 'Roland' is a song I love by the band Interpol.
Sneasel  10/11/2006
I think this is a very nice name. You can also use "Rolly" as a nickname.
Hola123  4/21/2007
Roland was one of the four main characters in "Extreme Ghostbusters" (1997), a sequel to the "Real Ghostbusters". In it, four teenagers (Roland, Garett, Eduardo and Kylee) bust ghosts, surprise surprise.
DontDissMadison  5/1/2007
I think Roland is a nice name (although I prefer the Spanish form Rolando) but it's probably unusable here in the UK due to strong association with the TV puppet 'Roland Rat'.
Sezzers  11/24/2007
Roland is an excellent name, although one ripe for being teased. If your child is tubby, he will certainly be called Rollie Pollie.
RazzleDazzle  3/21/2008
Sweetheart Roland is a German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. It tells of a man who fell in love with a girl who had a witch for a stepmother. The evil stepmother witch chased them until she was killed by thorns. When Roland and the girl went to get married a stranger woman made him forget the girl. Eventually they married and lived happily ever after.
rory  4/4/2008
Roland Martin is a famous fisherman that has been in several commercials.
― Anonymous User  6/13/2008
I like this name best when pronounced ro-LAHND. It sounds very regal.
dogstar21  7/29/2008
One of my favorite stories is that of Childe Rowland and Burd Helen, in which a boy ventures to the realm of the dark Elf-King to save his kidnapped sister.
dramaelf  1/1/2010
There was a cool plump chap in Grange Hill in the 70s called Roland. Yaaaay! He also wore glasses.
BonVoyage  1/29/2010
There is also Childe Roland of "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," by Robert Browning.
― Anonymous User  6/2/2010
Sounds like a chubby (not fat) little boy who destroys sandtrucks for fun.
high_chronicles  9/16/2010
I like Roland. It's a very strong and handsome name.
Tawnee  10/20/2010
A bearer of this name is Macauly Culkin character Roland from Saved!, a teen religious satire. In this movie, Roland is the sarcastic, cynical, atheistic, hilarious wheel-chair-bound brother of obnoxious, popular Jesus-freak Hilary Fay (Mandy Moore.)
DaphneSusan  10/30/2010
It rhymes with Poland.
― Anonymous User  10/9/2011
Roland Fréart de Chambray (1606-76) was a French exponent of Classicism.
― Anonymous User  12/4/2011
I like it because it's never really been a very common name. The first time I recall hearing was when my parents were talking about the Stephen King character, Roland. I've liked the name ever since.
GibsonGirl  1/20/2012
Rolland Baker is a world known world-changing evangelist in Mozambique, Africa. Look him up.
― Anonymous User  5/12/2013
Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French literary theorist, philosopher, linguist, critic, and semiotician.
una_tal_ia  6/12/2014
Roland is also used in Hungary. [noted -ed]
sybilcrawley  9/7/2014
The name Roland is cute, handsome, friendly & underappreciated in my opinion. I think it should be used a whole lot more! =)
― Anonymous User  10/27/2014
Roland Cubitt was a British aristocrat and the third to hold the title of Baron Ashcombe.
hkols  11/5/2014
There is some controversy about the second name element: Land is neuter and cannot form male compounds; therefore many scholars analyze Roland as HROD-NAND with NAND "daring, brave" (the same element occurs in the name Ferdinand) and a later assimilation of the medial -dn- to -l-. [noted -ed]
elbowin  1/21/2016
With 34 097 bearers, Roland is the 35th most common masculine name in Hungary. (01/01/2016).
HerculePoirot  9/2/2016
My father (from Wigan) was born in September 1915. He was called Roland because his pregnant mother read the Longfellow poem, The Belfry of Bruges, with the line in it: 'I am Roland! I am Roland! There is victory in the land!.
― Anonymous User  9/30/2016
A famous bearer of this name is Roland Garros (1888-1918), a French aviator and a fighter pilot during WW1. His name was given to a tennis centre.
Maxine J. Rolland  1/3/2017

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