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Gender: M Meaning of Douglas: "black water" Origin of Douglas: Scottish Douglas's Popularity in 2013: #540

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Douglas, and more particularly its nickname, Doug, had a real romantic swagger in the 1950s and 1960s dating back to swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks, but today is more likely to conjure up your mom's prom date. Originally a Celtic river name, it became attached to a powerful Scottish clan, renowned for their strength and courage. In its earliest incarnation, Douglas was used equally for girls and boys.

Douglas has been on the popularity list for as long as US records have been kept, for a considerable period in the Top 100, often used to honor World War II General Douglas MacArthur. Douglas currently ranks at Number 540, but modern parents might prefer the livelier Dougal.

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Famous People Named Douglas

Douglas Fairbanks, American actor
Douglas MacArthur, American general
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Douglas Osheroff, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics

Pop Culture References for the Name Douglas

Douglas, with Donald, one of the twin engines in "Thomas the Tank Engine"
Douglas Yancey "Doug" Funnie, title character of animated series Doug
Douglas Reynholm, from British TV series "The IT Crowd"
Douglas Spalding of Ray Bradbury's classic novel, Dandelion Wine
Douglas Varney, from movie "Better Living Through Chemistry"
Douglas Richardson, pilot on BBC Radio's Cabin Pressure
Grant Douglas Ward, character on Agents of SHIELD

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