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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
     578 - 1,153
     193 - 577
     1 - 192
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Douglas families
     135 - 268
     46 - 134
     1 - 45
     
    from the 1851 Canada Census Data

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Douglas Family Origin

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Douglas Immigration Information (CA)

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Douglas Family Occupations

from 1881 CA Census Data

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Military Service by Douglas

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