Douglas Meaning and Origin

Douglas is a boy’s name of Scottish origin, meaning “dark water.” It is derived from the Gaelic name “Dubhghlas,” which combines the elements “dubh” meaning “dark” or “black” and “glas” meaning “stream” or “water.” Therefore, the name Douglas can be interpreted as “dark stream” or “black water.” It is believed to have originated as a surname, associated with a location or topographical feature, referring to a dark, shaded riverbank or a place near a dark stream. The name Douglas has been used as both a given name and a surname for centuries. It gained popularity as a given name in the English-speaking world during the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly in Scotland and the United States. Famous People Named Douglas: Douglas Adams: An acclaimed British author known for his science fiction series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Douglas Fairbanks: An influential American actor and one of the early Hollywood stars known for his roles in swashbuckling adventure films.

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