Given Name ROLAND

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: RO-lənd (English), RAW-LAHN (French), RO-lant (German), RO-lawnd (Hungarian)  [details]

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.
VARIANTS: Rolland, Rowland (English), Roeland (Dutch), Loránd, Lóránt (Hungarian)
DIMINUTIVES: Roly (English), Roel (Dutch)
FEMININE FORM: Rolande (French)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Hrodland (Ancient Germanic), Orlando, Rolando (Italian), Rolando, Roldão (Portuguese), Rolan (Russian), Rolando, Roldán (Spanish)


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Entry updated May 31, 2018