Douglas ( DUG-ləs) is a Scottish masculine given name which originated from the surname Douglas. Although today the name is almost exclusively given to boys, it was used as girls name in the 17th and 18th centuries, in the north of England. The Scottish surname Douglas was borne by one of the most powerful families of the Kingdom of Scotland (the Earls of Douglas, Angus, Morton, Dukes of Hamilton and others). It has sometimes been stated that the given name is connected with the given name Dougal, although it is more likely derived from the surname already mentioned.
Linguistically, Douglas is derived from the Gaelic elements: dubh, meaning "dark, black"; and glas, meaning "stream" (also a derivative of glas, meaning "grey"). The surname Douglas is a habitational name, which could be derived from any of the many places so-named. While there are numerous places with this name in both Ireland and Scotland, it is thought, in most cases, to refer to Douglas, South Lanarkshire, which was once the stronghold of Clan Douglas.
The Scottish Gaelic form of the given name is Dùghlas ([t̪uːl̪ˠəs]); the Irish language form it is Dúghlas, and Dubhghlas, which are pronounced [duːɣləs]. The Hawaiian language form of the given name is Koukalaka, which is pronounced Hausa pronunciation: [koukəˈkɐlə]; a variant form of this name is Dougalasa. The given name Doug is a common short form variant of Douglas. Pet forms of the given name include Dougie and Duggie.
Notable people named Douglas
- Douglas C. Aagard, American politician
- Douglas Abbott, Canadian politician
- Douglas Adams, author
- Douglas Alexander, Scottish politician
- Doug Allen, multiple people
- Douglas A. Anderson, American author
- Douglas Applegate, American politician
- Douglas Bader, British flying ace
- Douglas Barr, American actor
- Doug Belden, American football player
- Douglas Booth, British actor
- Douglas Brinkley, American author
- Douglas Costa, Brazilian footballer
- Douglas Maicon, Brazilian footballer
- Douglas Coupland, Canadian novelist
- Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 8th Duke of Hamilton, 18th-century Scottish peer
- Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton, pioneering aviator
- Douglas Engelbart, American inventor and computer pioneer
- Douglas Eggers, American football player
- Douglas H. Evans, American author and fire protection engineer
- Douglas Fairbanks, American actor
- Douglas Franco Teixeira (born 1988), Brazilian footballer who plays as a centre-back, often known simply as "Douglas"
- Douglas H. Ginsburg, American judge
- Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, British Field marshal
- Douglas Hamilton, British General, surveyor and big-game hunter
- Douglas S. Harlan, American political consultant, lawyer, educator, public official
- Douglas Hartree, English mathematician and physicist
- Douglas A. Hicks, American author
- Douglas Hofstadter, American author and professor of cognitive science
- Douglas Johnson, multiple people
- Douglas MacArthur, American general
- Doug McFarland, American politician
- Douglas Albert Munro, American armed forces member
- Doug Nordquist, American high jumper
- Douglas Polk, American professional poker player
- Douglas Robb (musician), frontman of American band Hoobastank
- Douglas Rodríguez (boxer), Cuban boxer
- Douglas A. Ross, American political scientist
- Douglas Santos, multiple people
- Douglas Silva Bacelar (born 1990), Brazilian footballer
- Douglas Simpson, Scottish field hockey forward
- Douglas Trevor, American author and academic
- Douglas H. Wheelock, American astronaut
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