Dowling (surname)

Dowling is an Irish surname.

It is an anglacised form representing two unrelated clans:

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

2 - O Duiling, noted as one of the seven septs of County Laois, the ancestral home called Fearann ua n-Dunlaing (O'Dowling's Country).[1] The Irish form of the name is Ní Dhuiling (female) or Ó Duiling (male).

People with the last name Dowling include:


  • 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


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