Dowling (surname)

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Dowling is an Irish surname.

It is an anglicised form representing two unrelated clans:

1 - Ó Dúnlaing, noted as one of the seven septs of County Laois, the ancestral home called Fearann ua n-Dúnlaing (O'Dowling's Country).[1] The Irish form of the name is Ní Dhúnlaing (unmarried female), Ó Dúnlaing (male) or [Bean] Uí Dhúnlaing (married female).

2 - Ó Dubhlainn, a minor family of County Galway, represented by Richard William Dowling (1838–1867), American Confederate officer.

List of people surnamed Dowling[edit]


  • The Surnames of Ireland, Edward McLysaght, Dublin, 1978
  • The Dowlings or Doolans of Carricknaughton, Athlone, Eamonn Dowling, Journal of the Irish Family History Society, volume 25, pp. 93–96, 2009
  • Gaelic Personal Names, Ó Corráin, D. & Maguire, F., Dublin, 1980. Republished as Irish Names, Dublin. Lilliput, 1990
  • An Sloinnteoir Gaeilge & an tAinmneoir, Ó Droighneáin, M. & Ó Murchú, M.A., Dublin, 1991.