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Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Dark

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Douglas

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Douglas in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Douglas:

  • Records indicate that 554,593 boys in the United States have been named Douglas since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1957, when 16,711 people in the U.S. were given the name Douglas. Those people are now 63 years old.

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  • "I'm a Douglas who moved to Spain in 1983. I was surprised to see that there was a popular brand of brand of chewing gum sold here called "Douglas". I haven't seen it in a while, though. The Douglas cosmetics stores are very popular in Spain (and, I believe, in all of Europe). The company was founded in Germany 199 years ago by a Scottish immigrant named John Sharp Douglas. Here in Spain people pronounce my name "DOO-glahs" or, if they know a bit of English, "DAH-glahs". There never was a Saint Douglas, so there is no official or unofficial translation of the name to Spanish." Sep. 24, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im A Douglas And im 11 Years old the only thing I don't like is I was named after my dad and he did drugs." Sep. 16, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Douglas! I think I was named after Gen. Douglas MacArthur. I didn't like it when I was younger, but I have grown to love it. I probably didn't like it as a kid because it now seems to be a more mature name. But if I have a boy, I don't think I'll name him Douglas." Aug. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "That's my name and it's great unique enough to be cool but not considered fancy or trendy" Jun. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "A strong name - with an ancient feel. Conjures mountains, water, adventure and the far horizon. Wire strung harps echo in its sound - and the roar of the ocean on northern shores. Heroism haunts it and destiny awaits the boy so named. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!" Feb. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi. I'm a Douglas from 1958 from Scotland. Douglas means dark stream or dark waters and not just "dark" and is of celtic origin (all the celtic languages have its equivalent). The welsh would be Dduglas (pronounced thee-glas) which means blue (dark) stream. Douglas as a name is (except for one of Arnold Schwarzenegger characters) normally the idiot, the one you wouldn't want to be, the slimy one. For example "Doug" in the film The Jackal with Bruce Willis, "Douglas" the nurse in Terminator 2, and I could name more. Having lived out of anglosaxon speaking countries for the last 17 years (currently in Spain) it has been spelt all wrong everywhere but more interesting than this is that the vocal sound in the name "d OU glas" the "ou" almost doesn't exist in european languages outside of english, and additionally in spain the spanish don't hear a word if you shorten in to Doug. So here I'm the full Douglas or rather "Doooglas". And so on." Oct. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I read a book by jude deveraux and the lead (female) charactor was a woman named Douglas. I decided that was what I would name my baby. When I had a boy, he got the name Douglas, because I loved it either way!! JA" Oct. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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  • "I am a Douglas as well. It is my understanding that outside of the UK and USA, the largest concentration of people named Douglas is in the Manila area of the Philippines due to general Douglas MacArthur and his return to that country to end the Japanese occupation during WWII. I am interested in knowing if this is true?" Mar. 1, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "From a fellow "Doooglas to non-Anglos": "Douglas" is today also a line of cosmetics stores:" Mar. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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