Roland Family History

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Roland Name Meaning

French, German, English, and Scottish: from a Germanic personal name composed hrod ‘renown’ + -nand ‘bold’, assimilated to -lant ‘land’. Compare Rowland. Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruadháin (see Ruane, Rowan).

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

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

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Roland Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Roland name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Roland. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Roland Family Origin

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Roland Family Occupations

What did your Roland ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Roland family was Annuitant. Coal Miner, Agricultural Labourer and Boot Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Roland. The most common Roland occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 8% of Roland's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Boot Maker

  • Annuitant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Roland ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Roland Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 112,000 census records available for the last name Roland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roland census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Roland. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Roland Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Roland ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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