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What does Douglass mean?

Douglass Pronunciation of Douglass as a name for boys. The meaning of Douglass is "black river". Douglass is an alternate form of Douglas (Scottish, Gaelic): place name.


ASSOCIATED WITH black (dark), river




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How popular is Douglass?

Douglass is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1115 out of 1220, Top 91%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#2329 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Douglass reached its highest rank of #693 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not found in the list currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Douglas (#672 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) is the only other popular alternative form of Douglass listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Douglass was at its peak in the 1950s (AVERAGE #362) and has become much reduced since (#1336, 97.2%), with the version Douglas becoming less in vogue.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Corless, Corliss, Dallas, Dolan, Dollfus, Dollfuss (see Dolph), Doogan, Doug, Dougal, Dougall, Dougan, Douggan (see Dugan), Dugaid, Dugal, Dugald, Dugall (see Dougal), Dugan, Duggan, Durland and Holliss. These names tend to be less frequently used than Douglass.

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