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Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. RO-lənd(English)
RAW-LAHN(French)
RO-lant(German)
RO-lahnt(Dutch)
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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Roland at Roncesvalles by Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville (1883)Roland at Roncesvalles by Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville (1883)

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