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Douglas Family History

Douglas Name Meaning
Scottish: habitational name from any of the various places called Douglas from their situation on a river named with Gaelic dubh ‘dark’, ‘black’ + glas ‘stream’ (a derivative of glas ‘blue’). There are several localities in Scotland and Ireland so named, but the one from which the surname is derived in most if not all cases is 20 miles south of Glasgow, the original stronghold of the influential Douglas family and their retainers.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Douglas Families

  • Number of Douglas families
     363 - 723
     122 - 362
     1 - 121
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Douglas families
     578 - 1,153
     193 - 577
     1 - 192
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Douglas families
     912 - 1,822
     305 - 911
     1 - 304
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Douglas Family Origin

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Douglas Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Douglas

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Douglas Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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