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In its ancient Gaelic form, the Irish name Bowlin was written O Beollain, formed from a Norse personal name.

Early Origins of the Bowlin family

The surname Bowlin was first found in counties Clare and Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat.

Early History of the Bowlin family

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Bowlin Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The standardized literary languages of today were not yet reached the general citizenry. Research into the name Bowlin revealed spelling variations, including Boland, Bolan, Boland, O'Boland, O'Bolan, Bolend, Bolen, Bolland, Bollan, Bollend, Bollen, Bowland, Bowlan, Bowlin, Boulland, Bollander, Bolander, Bollinder, Bolinder, Bollendar, Bolendar, Bollandar, Bowlander, Boulander, Bouland and many more.

Early Notables of the Bowlin family

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Bowlin Ranking

In the United States, the name Bowlin is the 3,517th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Bowlin migration to the United States +

Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Bowlin:

Bowlin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Bowlin, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [2]
  • James Bowlin, who arrived in Virginia in 1695 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bowlin (post 1700) +

  • Loy Allen Bowlin (1909-1995), also known as The Original Rhinestone Cowboy, an American outsider artist
  • Lois Weldon Bowlin (b. 1940), American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Robert Bowlin (b. 1956), award-winning American bluegrass and country musician [3]
  • James Butler Bowlin (1804-1874), American Congressional Representative from Missouri
  • William Bowlin, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Mississippi 1st District, 1990 [4]
  • Thomas J. Bowlin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972 [4]
  • Kenneth M. Bowlin, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Missouri State House of Representatives from Andrew County, 1964 [4]
  • James Butler Bowlin (1804-1874), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives, 1836; State Court Judge in Missouri, 1839; U.S. Representative from Missouri, 1843-51 [4]

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Robert Bowlin. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Robert Bowlin. Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook