Of Scottish origin.
From the surname “Dubhghlas”.
In England, during the 17th and 18th century, it was also used as a feminine name.
It means “dark river”, from the Gaelic words “dubh”, meaning dark and “glais” meaning stream, water.
Douglas derived from several places, mostly rivers. It was usually referring to Douglas in South Lanarkshire, a village that was the stronghold of the Douglas Clan, a line of Scottish earls.
Other forms of the name are: Doug, Doogie, Douglass.
Famous bearers are Douglas Adams, Douglas Glenn Colvin, Douglas Booth, Douglas Smith, Douglas Henshall, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Douglas McArthur.
Douglas Glenn Colvin, known as Dee Dee Ramone, was the bassist and co-founder of the punk rock band “Ramones”.
He was the songwriter of most of the band’s songs.
The Ramones are one of the most influential bands of the 1970’s punk music movement, in the United States and United Kingdom.