Origin of the Name Dowling
The ancient history of the name Dowling
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Dowling
include O'Dowling, Doolan and Doolin. O'Dunlaing is the Gaelic sept from which this name is taken. The Dowlings were one of the septs of Leix, the leading numbers of which were transplanted to the borders of North Kerry and West Limerick in 1609. From there they spread to Counties Carlow, Kilkenny and Wicklow, where there are no less than four townlands called Ballydowling. It is in modern times in these Counties where the name is most numerous. Famous bearers of the name include Bartholomew Dowling, 1823-1863, author of 'The Brigade of Fontenoy', and his brother William, who was a poet more closely identified with America rather than with his own country.
The Dowling coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Dowling descendants.