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This is an English locational surname. Specificially it originates from the ancient village of Bowling, now part of the urban mass of the city of Bradford, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, where it is widely recorded. The origin of the place name is uncertain. It would seem to be tribal in that the 'ing' suffix would usually mean 'the people of' but this is generally followed by 'tun' to indicate settlement or village. The earliest known recording of the place name is in the famous Domesday Book of 1086 when it ap[pears as Bollinc, and later in the year 1150 as Bolling.

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