Meaning and Origin of Douglas

The name Douglas is originally a Scottish name. The first name comes from the last name Douglas. Dark river is the meaning of Douglas. It can also mean dark water, dark blue, or black river. It is most commonly used as a boy’s name. It makes a very nice name for any baby boy.


The name Douglas is popular in many countries around the world. In the year 2012 it was 207th most popular baby boy’s name in Scotland. For the U.S.A. Douglas was 540th in popularity, and in England, 314th.

Famous People

Douglas is a common name, a lot of famous people have it as a name. For example the author Douglas Adams, actor Douglas Henshall, and actor Michael Douglas all have it as part of their names.


The Scottish name Douglas is most commonly used for babies in Scotland, the U.S.A., and in England. This name has been used for a very long time, sense the 16th century. Douglas can be shortened to a few different nicknames. Doug, and Dougie are common nicknames used for people named Douglas. Also Duggie, and Duggy can also be used as a nickname for Douglas. Another way to spell it is Douglass, it is an unusual way to spell Douglas.

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