What does Douglas mean?
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.
(male) Deeglas, Diglas, ..
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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)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Douglas for boys. Douglas reached its peak position of #28 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is presently at #618. (2015 Birth Statistics)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.