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Is Douglas a strong name?

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Greedysquirrels Thu 11-Aug-16 14:16:16

DC3 on the way and we've recently stumbled across the name Douglas, to be known as Dougie I would expect. DH having a wobble that it isn't a 'strong/solid' sort of name. I think it ticks that box just fine and am pretty sold on it. Any thoughts?

DamsonGinIsMyThing Thu 11-Aug-16 14:17:44

It's my absolute favourite boys name.

Greedysquirrels Thu 11-Aug-16 14:21:03

DamsonGin that's excellent to know! Any special reason/association? We're not Scottish btw.

bombayflambe Thu 11-Aug-16 14:23:04

It's a very strong, classic name. Scottish originally.

Only possible negative is the classic joke: what do you call a man with a spade in his head?
....and what do you call him when the spade's removed?

Wouldn't stop me using the name if I had a son.

HelenaJustina Thu 11-Aug-16 14:23:21

Yes, it is. I know a primary aged Duncan as well which has really grown on me.

Greedysquirrels Thu 11-Aug-16 14:24:59

That's all really helpful, thanks. Does it sound ridiculous with Thomas as a middle name, because both end in 'as'? Would like to use it as strong family connections.

Sgoinneal Thu 11-Aug-16 14:27:27

Oh it absolutely is. and fine with Thomas.

augustusdecimus Thu 11-Aug-16 15:14:01

I don't have any strong feelings on the name either way. It's a classic, standard name. Doug is an okay nickname too. Dougie, however, sounds horrible!

Only my opinion of course!

villainousbroodmare Thu 11-Aug-16 15:17:17


HoratioNightboy Thu 11-Aug-16 15:31:24

to be known as Dougie

Will you pronounce that "Doogie" or "Duggie"?

But yes, it's a good solid Scottish name, from the Gaelic meaning "dark stream', and historically the Douglases were often allies (or enemies!) of the Scottish Crown, so I'd say it's definitely a strong name.

Greedysquirrels Thu 11-Aug-16 15:33:35

Horatio would pronounce it 'Duggie'.

TheLongRains Thu 11-Aug-16 15:44:00

Love it. Love it so much smile do it. Fantastic name, I know a teenage, mid-thirties and almost 90 year old Douglas, and they are all fantastic. The name works across all ages smile

Sophronia Thu 11-Aug-16 16:23:50

I like it a lot, it's a strong name

ApocalypseSlough Thu 11-Aug-16 16:28:57

Randomly I was just saying what a lovely name it is apropos chattering about someone I vaguely know called Dougie.

marblestatue Thu 11-Aug-16 16:36:30

It doesn't sound particularly strong to me TBH.

diddl Thu 11-Aug-16 16:42:05

Doesn't sound "strong" to me either!

WaitroseCoffeeCostaCup Thu 11-Aug-16 16:44:36

My Dad's name and my Son's middle name! It's my Gran's Maiden name. Google 'the black Douglas'-pretty strong (and scary!) I'd say wink

Mouse510 Thu 11-Aug-16 16:49:53

I love it, it's up there as a choice for our DC due in March.

(It is also my brother's name. We are Scottish and he is known as 'Duggie'. I really don't like the 'Doogie' pronunciation.)

TheNaze73 Thu 11-Aug-16 17:06:59

It's s nice name but not a strong one IMO

Greedysquirrels Thu 11-Aug-16 18:19:57

So it seems opinions are split on how strong a name it is, but I'm taking comfort from the fact that nobody (who has posted at least!) says they hate it!

isitseptemberyet Fri 19-Aug-16 11:14:14

I really rather like it ! 👍

MrsGsnow18 Fri 19-Aug-16 14:16:48

I like Douglas. I'm not really sure what a 'strong name' even really means but I think Douglas has a nice soft sound.
I prefer Doug as a short version though because when I hear Duggie I imagine Bruno Mars singing he lazy song
'Watching MTV so they can teach me how to Dougie'

I have no idea what it means though, off to google...

MrsGsnow18 Fri 19-Aug-16 14:18:10

It's a hip hop dance move! I am so not cool or down with the kids

DerelictMyBalls Fri 19-Aug-16 14:37:39

I've seen it mentioned on this board a few times recently. I think it is going to have a bit of a revival.

Puremince Fri 19-Aug-16 20:49:06

Good strong name.

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