What does Douglas mean?
Douglas \do(ug)-las\ 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.
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 (#257 out of 88799, 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. during 1950-1959, and is presently at #598. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Douglas and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Douglas (#598 last year) are Doug and Douglass. This boy name reached the top of its popularity during 1960-1969 and is now much less popular, with the versions Doug, Douglas and Douglass becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)