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ˈroʊ ləndroland

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Wiktionary

  1. Rolandnoun

    A male given name from the Germanic languages.

  2. Etymology: From Old French, from Proto-Germanic *Hrōþilandaz (literally " fame-land"). Name of a paladin of Charlemagne in medieval French romance.

Wikipedia

  1. Roland

    Roland (pronounced [ʁɔ.lɑ̃]; Old Frankish: *Hrōþiland; Medieval Latin: Hruodlandus or Rotholandus; Italian: Orlando or Rolando; died 15 August 778) was a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne who became one of the principal figures in the literary cycle known as the Matter of France. The historical Roland was military governor of the Breton March, responsible for defending Francia's frontier against the Bretons. His only historical attestation is in Einhard's Vita Karoli Magni, which notes he was part of the Frankish rearguard killed in retribution by the Basques in Iberia at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass. The story of Roland's death at Roncevaux Pass was embellished in later medieval and Renaissance literature. The first and most famous of these epic treatments was the Old French Chanson de Roland of the 11th century. Two masterpieces of Italian Renaissance poetry, the Orlando Innamorato and Orlando Furioso (by Matteo Maria Boiardo and Ludovico Ariosto respectively), are even further detached from history than the earlier Chansons, similarly to the later Morgante by Luigi Pulci. Roland is poetically associated with his sword Durendal, his horse Veillantif, and his oliphant horn. In the late 17th century, French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully wrote an opera titled Roland, based on the story of the title character.

Wikidata

  1. Roland

    Roland was a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne who became one of the principal figures in the literary cycle as Matter of France. Historically, Roland was military governor of the Breton March, with responsibility for defending the frontier of Francia against the Bretons. His only historical attestation is in Einhard's Vita Karoli Magni, which describes him as Hruodlandus Brittannici limitis praefectus when narrating his death at the Battle of Roncesvalles, when the rearguard, under his command, and the baggage train of a Frankish army was beset by rebellious Basques. Roland's death during retreat from the Battle of Roncevaux Pass in Iberia was transmogrified in later medieval and Renaissance literature. He became the chief paladin of the emperor Charlemagne and a central figure in the legendary material surrounding him, collectively known as the Matter of France. The first and most famous of these epic treatments was the Old French Chanson de Roland of the eleventh century. Two masterpieces of Italian Renaissance poetry, the Orlando innamorato and Orlando furioso, are even further detached from history than the earlier Chansons. Roland is poetically associated with his sword Durendal, his horse Veillantif, and his oliphant horn.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Roland

    rō′land, n. a chivalrous hero, from Roland in the Charlemagne legend, slain by the Gascons at Roncesvalles in 778.—A Roland for an Oliver, a blow for a blow, anything done or said to match something else.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Roland

    one of the famous paladins of Charlemagne, and distinguished for his feats of valour, who, being inveigled into the pass of Roncesvalles, was set upon by the Gascons and slain, along with the flower of the Frankish chivalry, the whole body of which happened to be in his train.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ROLAND

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Roland is ranked #1860 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Roland surname appeared 19,311 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 would have the surname Roland.

    70.9% or 13,701 total occurrences were White.
    22.1% or 4,268 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 637 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 434 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 151 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 120 total occurrences were Asian.

Anagrams for Roland »

  1. Arnold

  2. dralon

  3. Ronald

  4. lardon

  5. androl

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Roland in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Roland in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Roland in a Sentence

  1. New York:

    Gyllenhaal is subtly wonderful as the earthy, calm Roland, though in some variations he reveals petulance and frustration.

  2. Kit Harington:

    I knew the book because I studied it at school. I was very excited to play Roland Leighton. I love the way he wrote those beautiful letters and poems to his loved one. I like doing that myself, and it’s really a lost art, actually, I have that Tom Hanks typewriting app. I love it. There’s no spell check so you really have to think it out.

  3. Spaniard Nadal:

    Rafa thinks that is his territory, i think even when he's 95 years old you won't be able to keep him down. He's like from another planet at Roland Garros.

  4. Roland Garros:

    She obviously comes back to win and the wait has been long, so she will probably start Roland Garros with a mix of stress because she will want to do well and excitement because playing those events is the reason why she made such huge efforts to come back.

  5. Jim Courier:

    For the first time in many years Nadal will not be the favorite going into Roland Garros, that role is now firmly occupied by Novak Djokovic. Nadal is less vulnerable in Paris, given the best of five-set format which allows him more time to problem solve but there are now guys in the locker room who see him as an opportunity rather than an immovable obstacle.

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