Roly is a boy’s name of French origin. It’s a diminutive of Roland, a Frankish name which combines the elements hruod (fame) and land (land) to mean “renowned land.” The second part of the name may alternatively come from the word nand, meaning “brave.” The name was made famous by the military hero Roland, nephew of Charlemagne, whose accomplishments were celebrated in the medieval poem Song of Roland. Other variants of this name include Orlando (Italian), Rolando (Italian and Portuguese), Roldán (Spanish), Rolle (Scandinavian), and Rollo (English.) With its connotations of chivalry and courage, this name will make baby sound like they came straight out of a medieval legend.
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