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Boy Name: Douglas

Name: Douglas
Pronunciation: \do(ug)-las\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: black river
Origin: Scottish
Variant forms: Doug, Douglass, Dugaid
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 45
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 257


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 has 3 variant forms: Doug, Douglass and Dugaid.

View a list of the 7 names that reference Douglas.


Douglas is a very popular first name for men (#45 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#257 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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