Roland

First Name
97k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
19k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Roland

"Roland" is a name of English origin, and it means "Famous land". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary

From Old French, from Proto-Germanic *Hrōþilandą (“fame-land”). Name of a paladin of Charlemagne in medieval French romance.

  1. A male given name.

Roland was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Czech, Estonian, French, German, Hungarian, Slovak, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Roland

Roland Emmerich is a film director, film producer, and screenwriter. He has been prominent since 1979. Roland was born on November 10th, 1955 in Stuttgart.

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Roland Gérard Barthes was a philosopher. Roland was born on November 12th, 1915 in Cherbourg-Octeville. He died on March 26th, 1980.

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Roland Orzabal is a new wave music, post-punk, pop rock, mod revival, synthpop, and alternative rock musician. He was most active from 1978 to present. Roland was given the name Roland Jaime Orzabal de la Quintana on August 22nd, 1961 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom.

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Troy Ave is a hip hop music rapping. He has been prominent since 2004. Troy was given the name Roland Collins on November 23rd, 1985.

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Roland Deschain is a fictional character.

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Roland Ratzenberger is a formula one racer.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Roland

Gilbert Roland was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1923 to present. Gilbert was given the name Luis Antonio Dámaso de Alonso on December 11th, 1905 in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He died on May 15th, 1994.

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Marie-Jeanne was given the name Marie-Jeanne Phlippon on March 17th, 1754. Marie-Jeanne is also known as Madame Roland. She passed away on November 8th, 1793.

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Ed Roland is an alternative rock, hard rock, and post-grunge musician. He has been prominent since 1980. Ed was given the name Edgar Eugene Roland Jr. on August 3rd, 1963 in Stockbridge, Georgia, US.

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Duane Roland was a southern rock and hard rock musician and songwriter. He plays Guitar. His most notable accomplishments were from 1974 to 2006. Duane was born on December 3rd, 1952 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He left this life on June 19th, 2006.

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Dean Roland is an alternative rock, hard rock, and post-grunge musician and songwriter. He was most prominent from 1993 to present. Dean was born on October 10th, 1972.

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de la Platière Jean-Marie Roland was an economist. He holds the title Minister of the Interior and Minister of Justice. de was born on February 18th, 1734 in Thizy, France. He died on November 15th, 1793.

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How popular is the baby name Roland in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 36 0 36
1881 30 0 30
1882 38 0 38
1883 36 0 36
1884 43 0 43
1885 48 0 48
1886 55 0 55
1887 49 0 49
1888 49 0 49
1889 60 0 60
1890 68 0 68
1891 69 0 69
1892 80 0 80
1893 91 0 91
1894 88 0 88
1895 97 0 97
1896 92 0 92
1897 92 0 92
1898 97 0 97
1899 101 0 101
1900 133 0 133
1901 113 0 113
1902 115 0 115
1903 107 0 107
1904 139 0 139
1905 143 0 143
1906 125 0 125
1907 132 0 132
1908 156 0 156
1909 153 0 153
1910 191 0 191
1911 230 0 230
1912 522 0 522
1913 611 0 611
1914 882 0 882
1915 1,142 5 1,137
1916 1,208 7 1,201
1917 1,292 7 1,285
1918 1,385 0 1,385
1919 1,364 9 1,355
1920 1,501 0 1,501
1921 1,640 10 1,630
1922 1,552 12 1,540
1923 1,678 0 1,678
1924 1,835 12 1,823 #98 boy name
1925 1,792 7 1,785 #98 boy name
1926 1,717 15 1,702
1927 1,732 19 1,713
1928 1,789 12 1,777
1929 1,741 11 1,730
1930 1,728 9 1,719
1931 1,709 11 1,698
1932 1,625 15 1,610
1933 1,481 8 1,473
1934 1,449 5 1,444
1935 1,487 0 1,487
1936 1,495 5 1,490
1937 1,325 7 1,318
1938 1,435 6 1,429
1939 1,342 13 1,329
1940 1,271 5 1,266
1941 1,288 0 1,288
1942 1,455 5 1,450
1943 1,389 5 1,384
1944 1,274 6 1,268
1945 1,186 0 1,186
1946 1,262 0 1,262
1947 1,433 0 1,433
1948 1,334 0 1,334
1949 1,219 0 1,219
1950 1,192 0 1,192
1951 1,298 0 1,298
1952 1,278 5 1,273
1953 1,278 0 1,278
1954 1,322 0 1,322
1955 1,271 8 1,263
1956 1,221 0 1,221
1957 1,216 6 1,210
1958 1,110 0 1,110
1959 1,164 6 1,158
1960 1,145 5 1,140
1961 1,139 8 1,131
1962 1,068 0 1,068
1963 1,071 0 1,071
1964 1,096 9 1,087
1965 941 7 934
1966 889 9 880
1967 800 0 800
1968 797 0 797
1969 772 0 772
1970 747 9 738
1971 650 10 640
1972 579 0 579
1973 564 0 564
1974 522 5 517
1975 513 0 513
1976 519 8 511
1977 480 8 472
1978 491 6 485
1979 472 7 465
1980 479 0 479
1981 460 5 455
1982 422 0 422
1983 414 10 404
1984 430 0 430
1985 414 0 414
1986 380 0 380
1987 411 5 406
1988 434 0 434
1989 404 0 404
1990 380 0 380
1991 359 0 359
1992 358 0 358
1993 332 0 332
1994 324 0 324
1995 286 0 286
1996 315 0 315
1997 254 0 254
1998 252 0 252
1999 255 0 255
2000 257 0 257
2001 242 0 242
2002 238 0 238
2003 248 0 248
2004 236 0 236
2005 276 0 276
2006 265 0 265
2007 301 0 301
2008 296 0 296
2009 304 0 304
2010 289 0 289
2011 302 0 302
2012 313 0 313
2013 360 0 360
2014 437 0 437
2015 470 0 470
2016 508 0 508

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Popularity of Roland as a first name

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Popularity of Roland as a last name

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Common last names for Roland

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Clark
  • Hall
  • White
  • Hill
  • Thomas
  • Harris
  • Young

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Roland U.S.
  White 70.95% 64.26%
  African American 22.10% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.25% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.30% 16.26%

Of Last Name Roland

People with the last name Roland are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Roland

  • How Popular is the name Roland? Roland is the 651st most popular name of all time. As a last name Roland was the 1,860th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Roland have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 96,936 babies born with the first name Roland in the United States. That's more than enough people named Roland to occupy the country of Seychelles with an estimated population of 90,945 (as of August 26, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Roland? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 36 new born babies.
  • When was Roland first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Roland is Friday, February 10th, 1832.
  • What year had the most people named Roland born? The highest recorded use of the first name Roland was in 1924 with a total of 1,823 babies. That's a lot of babies named Roland!
  • Random Roland Factoid: According to the 1937 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Roland ranks 66th in popularity as a baby boy's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 15 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 1937.
  • Weird things about the name Roland: Your name in reverse order is Dnalor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Orland. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Roland? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 19,311 people with the last name Roland.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Roland? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Roland as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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