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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


Similar surnames: Dallas, Douglass, Dugan, Hougham, Dolak, Moulis, Dollar, Dugal

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Douglas Family Origin

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Douglas Family Occupations

What did your Douglas ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Douglas occupation in Canada was Farmer. 34% of Douglas's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Douglas family was Labourer. Farmer, School and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Douglas.

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  • Farmer

    34%
  • School

    4%
  • Going To School

    3%
  • Labourer

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Douglas ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Douglas Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Douglas. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Douglas census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Douglas. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Douglas. For the veterans among your Douglas ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Douglas Life Expectancy

What is the average Douglas lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Douglas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Douglas in 1941 was 42, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Douglas ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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