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RugbyWidow7 Sat 30-Nov-13 20:23:34

My husband's grandfather was Roland and although I love the abbreviations of this name (Roly / Rolo) with our surname, I'm just struggling to imagine introducing my son as Roland. Is this just because it's not fashionable? Or isn't it a nice name? I know it's opinion only really, but I'm keen to know what others think. I do like a strong boys name but not sure if this is almost too strong. Thanks

LaurieFairyCake Sat 30-Nov-13 20:28:52

There's nothing wrong with it, it's just not very nice.

Wasn't the bullied chubby kid in Grange Hill Roland?

Iwaswatchingthat Sat 30-Nov-13 20:30:49

I immediately thought of Roland Rat, then King Rollo, then Roly from Grange Hill.

When I think about it my childhood was littered with Rolands.

bebopanddoowop Sat 30-Nov-13 20:31:14

One of my best friends is called Roland so I like it! Suits him, I think of it as a cheeky name but maybe that's by association. He was named after the brand of keyboards, apparently...

Absolutely love it - but suspect I'll be one of a v few.

MrsCosmopilite Sat 30-Nov-13 20:32:25

Nothing wrong with it per se, but it did make me think of the kid on Grange Hill. Sorry to say Rolo made me think of 'A frog he would a wooing go (hi ho for Rolo). But in a nice way smile

Rosencrantz Sat 30-Nov-13 20:34:05

I love it. Rollo is a great nickname.

GwendolineMaryLacey Sat 30-Nov-13 20:34:14

Ro-land. I've never heard of another one apart from the Grange Hill one.

RugbyWidow7 Sat 30-Nov-13 21:10:21

Thanks all. Hmm

ThePigOfHappiness Sat 30-Nov-13 21:15:31

I immediately thought of Roland the rat. Wouldn't be for me, sorry op. Middle name?

SavoyCabbage Sat 30-Nov-13 21:23:57

I can only say it like Janet off grange hill. Ro-land. Probably as that was my first experience of the name.

MonkeysTypewriter Sat 30-Nov-13 21:25:36

I think you should have a name you both love. If you don't love it enough, then middle names are for grandparents/ other people you want to honour

CitrusyOne Sat 30-Nov-13 21:27:03

My cabbage patch doll was called Roland. That was my first thought- not the grange hill Roland. My cabbage patch doll was really cute though, and I wanted him so much. It made my Christmas the year I had him. Go for it! Have a Roland and live him like I did mine!

(I do have a dd of my own now and understand actual motherly love)

puntasticusername Sat 30-Nov-13 21:57:37

Stephen King wrote a very heroic character called Roland: [[]]

puntasticusername Sat 30-Nov-13 21:58:17

dyslexicdespot Sat 30-Nov-13 22:05:51

I really like it. We considered it for DS but named him after my father instead.

mathanxiety Sat 30-Nov-13 22:08:55

I really like the name.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 30-Nov-13 22:21:01

I can only say it like Janet from Grange Hill too. But there will be a pretty narrow generation remember that .
Roland Gift is v cool.

Stephen King's Roland is wonderful. I love him.

JCMSD Sun 01-Dec-13 02:52:27

My husband is a Roland but has been a Roly most of his life. He is now a Roland at work but often gets Ronald instead/ by mistake. I tend to call him Ro most often. Anyway, I think its a great name. Would ask dh what he thinks but he is busy snoring...

squoosh Sun 01-Dec-13 03:02:40

'I immediately thought of Roland Rat, then King Rollo, then Roly from Grange Hill.

When I think about it my childhood was littered with Rolands.'

We shared the same childhood!

OP Roland is not a good name.

ItLooksLikeRainDearpOOD Sun 01-Dec-13 03:09:20

Sorry 1st thought was rat & then that poor boy from grange hill.

IceNoSlice Sun 01-Dec-13 04:08:19

Grange Hill. Ro-land! Sorry.

perfectstorm Sun 01-Dec-13 05:19:38

He'll be bullied. Roly-poly. I like it, but I think it's cruel for a child, sadly.

Dillydollydaydream Sun 01-Dec-13 05:38:14

I know a Roland. His nickname is rat/ratty.

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