Meaning and Origin of: Rowland

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First name origins & meanings:

  • German : From the famous land

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : from Rol(l)ant, a Norman personal name composed of the Germanic elements hrōd ‘renown’ + land ‘land’, ‘territory’ (or + -nand ‘bold’, assimilated to -lant ‘land’). This was popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of Charlemagne’s warrior of this name, who was killed at Roncesvalles in ad 778.
  • English : habitational name from places in Derbyshire and Sussex, so named from Old Norse ‘roebuck’ + lundr ‘wood’, ‘grove’.
  • Variant of German and French Roland.