Rowland, Derbyshire

Rowland, in the High Peak Hundred of Derbyshire, is a Scandinavian compound from Old Norse  and Old Norse lundr ‘a small wood’. It is difficult to determine if the first element rá either means ‘a roe, a roe-buck’ or ‘a land-mark, a boundary’. The forms also show the common replacement of lundr with land which also happened in Hasland, Derbyshire.

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Kenneth Cameron, The Place-Names of Derbyshire I. English Place-Name Society Volume XXVII (1959), p. 162.