Douglas: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Douglas
Origin of the name Douglas:
Transferred use of the surname derived from the Gaelic Dubhglas, a compounding of the elements dubh (black, dark) and glas (blue, green, gray). Dubhglas was a common Celtic river name, and the surname might have originated to denote one who lived near the river. Short: Doug. Pet: Dougie, Duggie.
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Douglas is actor Robert Pattinson's middle name. It was also the middle name of "The Doors" lead singer Jim Morrison.
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Douglas was the name of a famous Scottish clan, once the most powerful in Scotland, and was later used as a given name to indicate ties with that family. Originally, it was given to girls such as Lady Douglas Howard (later Lady Douglas Sheffield), born about 1545. She was a first cousin of Anne Boleyn, mother of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Increasingly, however, it was given to boys, and by the 1800s had become almost exclusively a male name. This is a rare exception to the usual rule that male names can become female (Leslie, Evelyn) but not the other way around.
Douglas is Celtic for "dark blue" or "dark water".
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Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books.
Douglas MacArthur, World War II general.
Douglas Fairbanks, American actor.
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Doogie Howser, M.D., a television series about a teenage physician played by Neil Patrick Harris
Douglas Yancy Funnie, from the cartoon "Doug"
Douglas is Keith Partridge's middle name in the iconic 1970s TV series "The Partridge Family"