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What does Douglas mean?

Douglas Pronunciation of Douglas [dou-glas] as a boys' 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.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, black (dark), river, powerful, red, novels (literary).


Douglas has 3 variants: Doug, Douglass and Dugaid.

Creative forms:
(male) Deeglas, Diglas, ..

(female) Doucas, Doula, ..

Middle name pairings:
Douglas Ephraim (D.E.), ..

How popular is Douglas?

Douglas is a very popular first name for men (#45 out of 1220, Top 4%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#286 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Douglas reached its peak position of #28 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is presently at #618. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Douglas name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Douglas outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Douglas (#618 last year) rated in the Top 2000 are Doug and Douglass. These relations of Douglas reached the top of their popularity 6 decades ago (usage of 0.8%) and are now much less common, with versions like Doug becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Douglas, Doug, Douglass in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Douglas outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aonghas, Colas, Dallas, Dolan, Doogan, Dougal, Dougall, Dougan, Douggan (see Dugan), Dugal, Dugan, Duggan, Loucas and Loukas. These names tend to be less frequently used than Douglas.

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