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Give it to me straight- Roland?

142 replies

TeddyTonks · 31/03/2022 19:54

Nickname Roly.

What do you think?

OP posts:
OldWivesTale · 31/03/2022 21:05

Fat boy from Grange Hill

Sillybillypoopoomummy · 31/03/2022 21:16

There is nothing wrong with the name. It does not have connotations to genitalia, or to any form of controversy. no child will think of Roland Rat and if their parents tell them, well, the problem is not the name. YOu have to pick your most loved name for your child, to reflect your love. Other people do not factor into that. It is between you, your partner/husband and what you think suits him Smile

theAntsareMyFriends · 31/03/2022 21:17

I didn't watch much TV growing up so don't get the TV references. I also think 'Childe Roland to the dark tower came' which is by Robert Browning, Roland from Elidor and The Song of Roland. All very heroic.

I have a 7 year old Roly in the family and he loves his name. He does get called Slowly Roly because he's very laid back.

Also don't let Roly Poly put you off. Overweight children may or may not get teased but their name won't have much bearing on this in my experience.

AppleButter · 31/03/2022 21:21

Middle aged german guys from the provinces are called Roland, also Till and Hartmut.
Roland is the german form of Orlando, paladin of charlemagne.

But makes me think of ronald macdonald.

HopefulProcrastinator · 31/03/2022 21:22

The Gunslinger from the Dark Tower books, flawed but ultimately a good person.

I like the name, but I'd never get away with it because my husband's connection is always Roland the Rat.

BotterMon · 31/03/2022 21:28

I dated a gorgeous Swede called Roland so it's a yes from me.

Eloise666 · 31/03/2022 21:33

Same instant reaction as pps: (i)Roland Rat. (ii) Roly Poly. Also (iii) Roly/Rollie (as in a cigarette).

TeddyTonks · 31/03/2022 21:41

Grin this thread has really made me laugh. You've not entirely put me off but definitely given me some things to consider. Maybe Ratty could be an affectionate nickname?! Grin

OP posts:
woodhill · 31/03/2022 21:43


'I'm only trying to help you, Ro-Land '.

All us Grange Hill fans will LOVE you Grin

Exactly that - stuck in my mind forever - Janet bleating in at gormless Roland in Grange Hill Smile
nocoolnamesleft · 31/03/2022 21:44

God help Roly if he's overweight.

GuiltyPleasure · 31/03/2022 21:44

I'm thinking OP has been inspired by tonight's Eastenders 😂

deadlanguage · 31/03/2022 21:45

Roland Rat and Grange Hill are both before my time, the reason I don’t like it is because I studied the chanson de Roland and think he was a prat. I’d also avoid Perceval!

WimpoleHat · 31/03/2022 21:46

I like it. It’s unusual, but still a “proper” name.

woodhill · 31/03/2022 21:49

Remember the song

A Froggy would a wooing go

Hey ho said Roly


SpringsSprung · 31/03/2022 21:50


Geminimama88 · 31/03/2022 21:50

Being honest...really dislike it

SpringIntoChaos · 31/03/2022 22:00

I used to work with a Roland...who was rather unfortunately 'full bodied'. You can imagine his nickname 😨

Mumofgirls2017 · 31/03/2022 22:29

I really like it 🤷‍♀️

DidWeHaveAWinter · 31/03/2022 22:30


DidWeHaveAWinter · 31/03/2022 22:30

Roly if he is chubby,
No… U cant

TheVanguardSix · 31/03/2022 22:49

I love the name Roland.
Make me think of Interpol- one of the most awesome bands in the world. One of their songs is called Roland.
I also grew up with a friend name Roland.
It's a good, properly old Germanic name.

Loginmystery · 31/03/2022 22:54

I’m just trying to help you Ro Land. I say this to my children sometimes even though none of them are an actual Ro Land.

Phyllis321 · 31/03/2022 22:55

Rat or Rivron.
It's not awful but it's not great either.

Gardeningcreature · 31/03/2022 23:00

I thought Rat too.
Then Tears for Fears.
Op will be too young to remember either though.

Cherrysherbet · 31/03/2022 23:02

Makes me think of Grange Hill too.
It’s a big fat no from me.

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