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Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. RO-lənd(English)
RAW-LAHN(French)
RO-lant(German)
RO-lahnt(Dutch)
RO-lawnd(Hungarian)
RAW-lant(Polish)

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.