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douglas Family History
Scots: habitation name from any of the various places so called from their situation on a river named with the Gael. elements dubh dark, black + glais stream (a deriv. 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 Douglas family and their retainers. The traditional pronunciation of the name is dugles, but now /"dagles"/ is more common.
This is the name of one of the most famous and powerful families in Scottish history, Earls of Douglas and later Earls of Angus. The first known bearer of the name is William de Duglas, recorded at the end of the 12th cent.
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