Origins Available: French
The name Rollan is from that ancient region of France known as Brittany
. This particular name is derived from the old Germanic personal name
Hrodlant, which is composed of the Old German elements hrod, meaning fame or victory, and lant, meaning land or territory.
Early Origins of the Rollan family
The surname Rollan was first found in Brittany
, where the family has held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Rollan family
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Rollan Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Rollan is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Rolland, Roland, Rollan, Rolan, Rolend, Rollend, Rollen, Rauland, Raulend, Rolain, Rollain, Raullen, Raullan, Raulan, Rolands, Rollands, Roling and many more.
Early Notables of the Rollan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rollan family to the New World and Oceana
French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England
, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Rollan surname were Joseph Rolland, who settled in Louisiana in 1756; Jacques Rolland, aged 18; settled in Louisiana in 1719; John Rolland settled in Virginia in 1653; Francis Roland settled in Virginia in 1656.