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Dowling

The name Dowling is an anglicised form representing two unrelated Irish clans. One being the clan Ó Dúnlaing, noted as one of the seven septs of County Laois, the ancestral home called Fearann ua n-Dúnlaing (O'Dowling's Country). The Irish form of the name is Ní Dhúnlaing (unmarried female), Ó Dúnlaing (male) or [Bean] Uí Dhúnlaing (married female). The other being the clan Ó Dubhlainn, originating in County Galway.