Where did the Scottish Douglas family come from? What is the Scottish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Douglas family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Douglas has been spelled Douglas, Douglass, Dougliss, Dougless, Dowglas, Duglas, Duglass and many more.
First found in Moray (Gaelic: Moireibh), at one time officially Elginshire, in the present day Scottish Council Area of Moray, in northeastern Scotland, where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Douglas: Charles Douglas who settled in New Jersey in 1685; Hugh Douglas settled in Virginia in 1635; John Douglas settled in Virginia in 1655; Lee William Douglas settled in Virginia in 1655.
Motto Translated: Never behind.
Suggested Readings for the name Douglas
* A Branch of the Douglas Family With Its Maryland & Virginia Connections by Harry Wright Newman.
Some noteworthy people of the name Douglas
* Aaron Douglas, American artist
* Frederick Douglas, and American abolitionist, orator and journalist.
* Kate Douglas, well-known American children's author
* Stephen Arnold Douglas, American statesman
* William O. Douglas, American Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
* William Orville Douglas, American jurist and writer
* Professor Alexander Douglas, University of Aberdeen
* Lord Alfred Douglas, British poet
* Lord Alfred Douglas, English poet
* Denzil Douglas (b. 1953), Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis
* Donald Douglas, President of Douglas Aircraft
* Sir Donald Douglas, Surgeon to the Queen in Scotland
* George Norman Douglas, English novelist
* James Douglas, Scottish-Canadian governor of the colony of Vancouver Island
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