Origin of the Name Douglas
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Douglas is usually of Scottish origin. It was first recorded in the person of Willian de Douglas in the year 1174. Douglasdale in Lanakshire is the ancestral home of these families, whose Chiefs lie buried in Douglas Kirk. Sir James and Archibald who was killed at Halidon Hill, 1333, left a son, William, who was created first Earl of Douglas. The Earl died in 1384 leaving a son, James, second Earl of Douglas and Mar. Sir James died in defence of Bruce's heart in Spain in 1330. The third Duke of Touraine, and sixth Earl of Douglas was, with his brother David, lured into Edinburgh Castle and beheaded in 1440.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
The Gaelic form of the name is Dubhghlas.
The Douglas coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Douglas descendants.