Doug - boys name

Doug name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 17%

Doug name meaning:

The name Doug is a shortened form of the name Douglas, which is derived from the Gaelic name Dubhghlas. The Gaelic word "dubh" means "dark" or "black," while "glas" translates to "stream" or "water." Therefore, the name Doug can be interpreted to mean "dark stream" or "black water."

The significance behind the name Doug can be traced back to its historical roots. In ancient times, the Celtic people, who lived in what is now Scotland and Ireland, often used descriptions of nature and natural elements to name their children. The name Doug likely referred to a person with dark or black hair, as well as someone who may have lived near a dark-colored or swift-flowing stream.

Today, the name Doug is often chosen for its simplicity and familiarity. It carries a sense of strength and masculinity, and is associated with qualities such as loyalty, dependability, and intelligence. Although the literal meaning of the name may not hold much significance in modern times, it still reflects the cultural heritage and history from which it originated.

Origin: Celtic

Form of Douglas. From the dark water.

Related names

Douglas , Doggie, Doogie, Doug , Dougal, Dougie , Douglass

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Overall UK ranking: 3990 out of 4789

4 recorded births last year

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Historical popularity of Doug

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