Roland \r(o)-la-nd\ as a boy's name is pronounced ROH-land. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Roland is "renowned land". Roland is celebrated in French and Italian poetic and romantic sagas as a hero in the service of Charlemagne. Orlando is more common in several European languages, and Rowland was the preferred version in English in the past.
For more information, see also the related name Rawlins.