Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
rá ‘roebuck’ + lundr ‘wood’, ‘grove’.
- Variant of
German and French Roland.
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