"black water"

Douglas Origin and Meaning

The name Douglas is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "black water".

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.

# 828 in the US

Douglas Rank in US Top 1000

# 558 on Nameberry

Douglas Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Douglas Popularity

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Famous People Named Douglas

  • Douglas Dean OsheroffAmerican physicist; winner of the Nobel Prize
  • Douglas Fairbanks (born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman)American actor
  • Douglas Elton Fairbanks Jr.American actor and WWII naval officer
  • Douglas MacArthurAmerican WWII general
  • Douglas Colvinbirth name of Dee Dee Ramone, German,American musician; bassist for punk band The Ramones
  • Douglas CouplandCanadian novelist
  • Douglas John BoothEnglish actor
  • Douglas Noel AdamsEnglish novelist
  • Douglas Robert JardineEnglish cricketer
  • Douglas MawsonAustralian Antarctic explorer
  • Douglas SmithCanadian actor
  • Douglas "Doug" BensonAmerican comedian
  • Douglas CostaBrazilian footballer

Douglas in Pop Culture

  • Douglasengine on animated series "Thomas the Tank Engine," twin of Donald
  • Douglas Yancey "Doug" Funnietitle character of animated series "Doug"
  • Douglas Reynholmcharacter on British TV series "The IT Crowd"
  • Douglas Spaldingcharacter in Ray Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine"
  • Douglas Varneycharacter in movie "Better Living Through Chemistry"
  • Dr. Douglas Reidcharacter in DC Universe
  • Douglas Richardsonpilot on British radio series "Cabin Pressure"
  • Grant Douglas Wardcharacter on TV's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD"
  • "Douglas" play by John Home and its main character
  • Dr. Douglas "Doug" Rossmain character on "ER" tv series (played by George Clooney)
  • Douglas Forrestercharacter on "The Bold & the Beautiful"
  • Douglas Davenportcharacter on TV's "Lab Rats"
  • Douglas Archercharacter from "SS,GB", father of Douglas Archer Jr.
  • Douglas Facklercharacter in the "Police Academy" Film series