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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

Tapiocapearl Thu 05-Dec-13 23:52:49

Ro-land grange hill

Anjou Thu 05-Dec-13 04:19:07

My first thought was also "oh come in Ro-land" a la Grange Hill. That's obviously not going to be an issue for anyone named Roland these days except for his friends parents not bring able to stop themselves from saying his name that way.

Associations aside, it's not my cup of tea. It's not a very strong name (I like strong boys names, but appreciate not everyone does), its not a nice sound (to my ears) and there is the possibility of a Roly-Poly nickname.

Sorry OP. use it as a middle name?

WhiteHairReally Wed 04-Dec-13 23:20:24

Have taught two Rolands recently. Neither rotund or bullied.

Oldandcobwebby Wed 04-Dec-13 09:40:25

I immediately thought of the old poem "Childe Roland from the dark tower came". I can be a clever clogs like Edmond Elephant at times! I like the name a lot, but I prefer to see it spelled "Rowland".

BananaNotPeelingWell Wed 04-Dec-13 09:23:14

Ro-Land from Grange Hill also sprang to mind. Sorry.

Spaghettinetti Wed 04-Dec-13 09:21:13

Hello rat fans! Sorry, I do think of Roland rat....I actually like the name, but dated a guy called Roland (who's now in his late 20s) who turned out to be a bit of a rat himself...

orangepudding Mon 02-Dec-13 14:46:51

I think of Ro-Land and Roland Rat. The kids won't but their parents will.

roweeena Mon 02-Dec-13 14:40:29

I love love love it but DH veto'd it

bebopanddoowop Sun 01-Dec-13 18:51:42

The kid won't be the right generation to know about Roland the rat or Roland from Grange hill so I really wouldn't factor that in.

Leeds2 Sun 01-Dec-13 12:50:06

It wouldn't be my choice. Think of Ro-land, Roland Rat and roly poly.

badtime Sun 01-Dec-13 11:04:56

I like it.

It always makes me think of a 1920s chap, for some reason.

As far as heroes go, as well as Stephen King's Gunslinger, there is also the mediaeval Roland (who was one of King's influences/inspirations for the character).

Buttercup4 Sun 01-Dec-13 09:08:10

I do not like it at all, sorry.

JazzAnnNonMouse Sun 01-Dec-13 09:00:56

Roland in my mind is rotund but cheeky.

moas Sun 01-Dec-13 07:51:01

Like it! Also like Roald.

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

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

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.

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

Grange Hill. Ro-land! Sorry.

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

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

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.

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...

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

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.

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

I really like the name.

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

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

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

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