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Roland Name Meaning

French Walloon German English and Scottish: from an ancient Germanic personal name composed of hrōd ‘fame renown’ + land ‘land’. In North America this surname is also an altered form of the more common French variant Rolland . See also English Rowland . Norwegian (also Røland): habitational name from any of several farms named Rødland mainly in Hordaland or Røyland mainly in Agder most of them from Old Norse reyrr ‘heap of stones’ or reyrr ‘rush’ (a plant) + the second element land ‘(piece of) land farmstead’. Compare Rolland . Norwegian: habitational name from the farm name Roland in Lillehammer with the first element Old Norse ruth ‘clearing’ or Roland in Agder around Lindesnes with the first element possibly the Old Norse personal name Rói (either a short form of names beginning with Ro(d)- ‘fame honor’ or composed with a word for ‘giant’ or ‘pagan priest’). The second element of the farm names is land ‘(piece of) land farmstead’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Rowland, Boland, Noland, Poland, Toland, Rolland, Ryland, Oland

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You can see how Roland families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roland family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roland families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 166 Roland families living in Ontario. This was about 42% of all the recorded Roland's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Roland families in 1911.
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What did your Roland ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Roland. 34% of Roland men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Roland women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roland were Farmers Son and Dressmaker. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Journalier
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • School Teacher
  • Domestic
  • Dressmaker
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Passenger Lists

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Draft Cards

There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Roland. For the veterans among your Roland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roland lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Roland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Roland in 1943 was 43, and 74 in 2004.

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