Roland is a male name composed from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and land (land) meaning “famous land”, though it’s possible that the second part of the name may derived from nand meaning “brave, daring”. As well as being a given name, Roland is also a surname.

The Song of Roland (Fr: La Chanson de Roland) is a medieval French epic poem about Charlemagne’s fighting the Muslims in Spain during the Middle Ages.

Origin: Germanic


  • Rolland (English)
  • Rowland (English)
  • Roeland (Dutch)
  • Loránd (Hungarian)
  • Lóránt (Hungarian)
  • Hrodland (Ancient Germanic)
  • Orlando (Italian)
  • Rolando (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian)
  • Roldán (Spanish)
  • Roldão (Portuguese)
  • Rolan (Russian)


Feminine forms:

  • Rolande (French)
  • Rolanda (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Orlanda (Italian)



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