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Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English from Irish Gaelic, Dulin appeared as O Dobhailen or " Dubhshláin," which combines the Gaelic elements "Dubh," meaning dark, with "shláin," meaning challenge or defiance.

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The surname Dulin was first found in Leinster, where they are believed to be descended from Eochaidh, King of Leinster, and became one of the "Seven septs of Leix.".

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Dulin revealed spelling variations, including Dolan, Doland, Dooley, Dowling, Doolin, Doolan, O'Dooley, O'Dolan, O'Doolin, Dollan, Dolland, Dooland, Dowlling, Doolley and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dulin research. Another 356 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1834 are included under the topic Early Dulin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dulin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Dulin family came to North America quite early:

Dulin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Hugh Dulin, who arrived in Maryland in 1657

Dulin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Dulin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Anna Dulin, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Gideon M. Dulin, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1895

Dulin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Harry Dulin, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Beatrice Dulin, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Frances Dulin, aged 33, who emigrated to America, in 1921
  • Jane Dulin, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1922

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  • Brice Dulin (b. 1990), French rugby union player who has played professionally since 2009
  • Michael Charles "Micky" Dulin (b. 1935), former English professional footballer


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The Dulin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dulin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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