Friday, December 14, 2018

Nature Namemas: Douglas

Happy Namemas day 2! Today I have a boys name for you since I started out the week with a girls name. Usually I do alternating genders but this year I have an unisex name and a little more girl names that boys. But non the less there will be some great names in this lineup! 

Douglas Fir
Douglas Firs are named after David Douglas, a Scottish botanist who studied the tree in the 1800s. The name Douglas fir is a false idea. The tree is not a true fir tree. Now I don't know a whole lot of trees but from what I understand the reason it is not a true fir has to do with the way the cones face. Douglas firs are not just used as Christmas trees. The buds have been used to flavor a clear, colorless fruit brandy. Native Hawaiians used the trunks to make canoes.

Baby Name
You could find the name Douglas everywhere int eh 1950s and 1960s but since then the name has declined in popularity. Personally I think Douglas is the perfect old man chic name. The name originated as a Celtic river name and down the line gained the association to a Scottish clan known for their strength and courage. There have been many famous Douglas' out there from war generals to actors to athletes. Everyone can find a Douglas to associate with. 

Christmas Association 
The Christmas association here is one of the main symbols of Christmas: the tree. There are many types of trees out there that are used to decorate and place presents under and Douglas fir is one of them. It ranks in the top 10 most popular Christmas Trees. The tree has been used around Christmas time since the 1920s. In 2016 the White House used a Douglas Fir as the Obama's last Christmas tree while on office. 

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