Roland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Roland family

The surname Roland was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Richard Rollison is the fictional wealthy bachelor living in a Mayfair flat at 22 Gresham Terrace, nicknamed the Toff, by John Creasey (1908-1973) in his 60 Toff adevntures.

Early History of the Roland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roland research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1184, 1196, 1296, 1555 and are included under the topic Early Roland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Roland Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rolland, Roland, Rowland, Rowlands, Rowlandson, Rolan and many more.

Early Notables of the Roland family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Roland family to Ireland

Some of the Roland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Roland migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Roland, who settled in Virginia in 1656
  • Francis Roland, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [1]
  • Thomas Roland, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]
Roland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abraham Roland, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Henrich Roland, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772 [1]
  • Henry Roland, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
Roland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Roland, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1804
  • Monsieur Roland, who landed in New York in 1819 [1]
  • J. Roland, who settled in Baltimore in 1820
  • John Roland, who landed in Mississippi in 1840 [1]
  • Johann Christoph Roland, aged 32, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Roland migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Gabriel Roland, son of François and Madeleine, who married Marie-Josephte De Launay, daughter of Charles and Marie-Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 15th April 1714 [2]
  • Philippe-Charles Roland, son of Charles and Geneviève, who married Geneviève Barbot, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 18th April 1730 [2]
  • Pierre Roland, son of François and Marie-Madeleine, who married Cécile Daveluy, daughter of Jean and Françoise, in L'Assomption, Quebec on 3rd February 1734 [2]
  • Jacques Roland, son of Vincent and Marie, who married Geneviève Lépine, daughter of Antoine and Angélique-Geneviève, in Quebec in 1735 [2]
  • Jacques Roland, son of Jacques and Marie, who married Hélène Dufaye, daughter of Étienne and Madeleine, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 8th October 1742 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Roland migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Roland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • G. Roland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849 [3]
  • M.A. Roland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Senator" in 1849 [4]

New Zealand Roland migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Roland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Roland, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • E.W. Roland, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Mary A. Roland, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Josephine Roland, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Edward Roland, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Roland (post 1700) +

  • Ruth Roland (1892-1937), American stage and film actress and film producer
  • Johnny Earl Roland (b. 1943), American NFL football running back, inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • John Roland (b. 1941), American journalist
  • Joe Roland (b. 1920), American jazz vibraphonist
  • Gilbert Roland (1905-1994), Mexican-born, American two-time Golden Globe Award nominated actor
  • Gene Roland (1921-1981), American jazz composer and musician
  • Edwin J. Roland (1905-1985), American twelfth Commandant of the United States Coast Guard (1962 to 1966)
  • Edgar "Ed" Eugene Roland III (b. 1963), American musician and vocalist of the alternative rock band Collective Soul
  • Dennis Roland (b. 1983), American football offensive tackle
  • Charles P. Roland (b. 1918), American historian, professor emeritus of the University of Kentucky
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Roland, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [5]


Suggested Readings for the name Roland +

  • 1648 The Roland and Spicer Families of Maryland and Dorset, England by Charles Thomas Roland.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CHEAPSIDE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cheapside.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SENATOR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Senator.htm
  5. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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