October 25, 2014 § 4 Comments
Germanic, meaning “famous land”.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Laurand, Laurant, Laurend, Laurent, Lorend, Lorent, Lorand, Lorant, Roel, Roeland, Rolan, Rolando, Rolland, Rollie, Rolly, Roly, Rowland, Rowle, Rowley, Rowlie, Orland, Orlando, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Roland Mortimer, the kind-hearted boy whose concern for a lost soul nearly destroys him, in “The Open Door” (1881), from Stories of the Seen and Unseen by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant.
– Roland Leighton (1895-1915), English poet and soldier.