Meaning and name origin
Douglas \do(ug)-las\ as a boy's name is pronounced DUG-less. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Douglas is "black river". Place name. Historical: there were two branches of this powerful Scottish clan and family - the Black Douglases and the Red Douglases. The lords of these clans are key figures in Sir Walter Scott's novels. Actors Douglas Fairbanks, father and son; author Douglas Adams; General Douglas MacArthur.
Douglas is a very popular first name for males (#45 out of 1220, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#257 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Douglas for boys. Douglas reached its highest rank of #28 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Douglas and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Douglas (#598), Douglass and Doug. (2014 statistics).