Dowling Surname Origin
(Origin Celtic) 1. Brown-Spear [Irish Dunlang - dun/dunn, brown + lang, a spear]. 2. for Dowlan = Doolan. (Origin English) Dweller at the Dowl or Dole Meadow [under Dole and Old Northern English ing, Old Norse eng, a meadow].
Source: Surnames of the United Kingdom, A Concise Etymological Dictionary; Henry Harrison; Vol.1 & 2.; The Eaton Press, 190 Ebury Street, London, S.W; 1912.
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