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Gender: Male Meaning of Dougal: "dark stranger" Origin of Dougal: Scottish

The name Dougal is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "dark stranger". Dougal and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names with a Twist and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Heard in the Scottish highlands, and much more in tune with the present times than the dated Douglas — for which it could make a perfect tribute name.
Dougal was the Scottish nickname for invading dark-haired Danish Vikings, just as Fingal was given to the blonder Norwegians.

Dougray, as in actor Dougray Scott, is a similarly appealing choice.

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Famous People Named Dougal

Peter "Dougal" Butler, English author and roadie for The Who drummer Keith Moon
Dougal Dixon, Scottish author and geologist
DJ Dougal (born Paul Arnold Clarke), British hardcore DJ
Dougal Haston, Scottish mountaineer
Dougal Wilson, English music video and commercial director
Dougal Robertson, Scottish sailor and memoirist
Dougal Drysdale, Scottish fire safety expert

Pop Culture References for the name Dougal

Dougal McGuire, character on TV's "Father Ted"
Dougal Mackenzie, character in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series
Hamish and Dougal, characters on British radio comedy series "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" and "You'll Have Had Your Tea"
Dougal, dog in the English animated series "The Magic Roundabout"

Dugal, Dougal, Doug, Dugald, Duggie, Dugall

Dougal's International Variations

Dùghall (Scottish Gaelic)


Fluffykitten101 Says:


Dougal the dog! Anyone? Lol.

Hailey Says:


Dougal MacKenzie, of the Outlander series.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I prefer Dougan, but this isn't bad.

CaribbeanQueen Says:


Cute! Different.