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The chronicles of the Douglass family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the Douglass family lived in Moray, where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to early times. Some claim the name is derived from a knight of 770 who after aiding King Solvathius of Scotland in his great battle with Donald Bain, King of the Western Isles was granted the lands of Clydesdale. Others claim the name was originally derived from Theobaldus, a Flemming and were granted the lands of Douglas Water. In Gaelic, the name is Dudhglas means "black stream."
The surname Douglass was first found in Moray, where the progenitor of the Clan is thought to be Archibald of Douglasdale (1198-1239). The Douglasses of Drumlanrig claim descent from Sir William Douglas, who was granted the lands of Drumlanrig in 1412 by King James I. The grandson of Archibald Douglasdale, known as William the Hardy, served as a companion-in-arms to William Wallace, the patriot leader of the Scottish wars of Independence. His two sons carried on his noble reputation. The first, William, was the progenitor of the Douglases of Morton and was granted the Earldom of Morton in 1458 by King James II. The second, Andrew, and his family became known as the Black Douglases.
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Douglass has been written Douglas, Douglass, Dougliss, Dougless, Dowglas, Duglas, Duglass and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Douglass research. Another 463 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1174, 1243, 1298, 1220, 1274, 1328, 1400, 1380, 1403, 1360, 1408, 1402, 1404, 1540, 1595, 1594, 1674, 1611, 1662 and are included under the topic Early Douglass History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 893 words (64 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Douglass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Douglass family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Douglass:
Douglass Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Douglass, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1640
- Robert Douglass, who arrived in Maryland in 1640
- Francis Douglass, who landed in Maryland in 1652
- Henry Douglass, who landed in Massachusetts in 1657
- Alexander Douglass, who landed in Maryland in 1675
Douglass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Roger Douglass, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
- Samuel Douglass, who landed in New England in 1730
- David Douglass, who landed in Georgia in 1740
- Collins Douglass, who landed in Virginia in 1789
Douglass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hugh Douglass, aged 5, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
- Ann Douglass, who landed in America in 1805
- Campbell Douglass, aged 31, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
- Daniel Douglass, aged 34, landed in New York in 1812
- Andrew Douglass, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
Douglass Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Robt Douglass, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Wm Douglass, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Eliza Douglass, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Colin Douglass, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1773
- Mr. John Dove U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
Douglass Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Margaret Douglass, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
- George Douglass, aged 18, a smith, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
- Jane Douglass, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Triton" in 1833
- Mary Ann Douglass, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Triton" in 1833
- Alexander Douglass, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Triton" in 1833
Douglass Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Samuel John Douglass arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848
- Margaret Douglass, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"
- Maria Douglass, aged 24, a dressmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"
- Margaret Douglass arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849
- Maria Douglass arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849
Douglass Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Frederick Douglass arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inflexible" in 1870
- Gus R. Douglass (1927-2015), American politician, West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture (1993-2013)
- Michael Reese Douglass (b. 1955), former American football player who played from 1978 to 1985, inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame
- Leon Forrest Douglass (1869-1940), American inventor and co-founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company; he registered approximately fifty patents including the first successful subtractive color movie process (1916), underwater cameras, underwater flashlights, a new type of snap cigarette lighter and many more
- Mabel Smith Douglass (1874-1933), American academic, the 1st Dean of the New Jersey College for Women in New Brunswick, NJ in 1918, later renamed Douglass College in her honor
- Stephen Douglass (1921-2011), American actor-singer
- William Bingham "Klondike" Douglass (1872-1953), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1896 through 1904
- Paul Douglass (1905-1988), American academic, President of American University (1941 to 1952)
- Kingman Douglass (1896-1971), American investment banker and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence in 1946
- John W. Douglass (b. 1941), retired Brigadier General in the United States Air Force, United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1995 to 1998
- James W. "Jim" Douglass (b. 1937), American author, activist, and Christian theologian
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Jamais arriere
Motto Translation: Never behind.
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The Douglass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Douglass Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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