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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bowling

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bowl"ing
The act of playing at or rolling bowls, or of rolling the ball at cricket; the game of bowls or of tenpins.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The playing of a game of tenpins or duckpins etc
  2. (cricket) the act of delivering a cricket ball to the batsman
  3. A game in which balls are rolled at an object or group of objects with the aim of knocking them over or moving them
  1. A game played by rolling a ball down an alley and trying to knock over a triangular group of ten pins; ten-pin bowling
  2. (New England) Candlepin bowling.
  3. Any of several similar games played indoors or outdoors.
  4. (cricket) The action of propelling the ball towards the batsman.
  5. (slang) A particular style of walking associated with urban street culture.
  6. (gerund) The action of the verb bowl.
  7. (Ireland) Road bowling.

bowling was also found in the following language(s): French, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Bowling

Roger was born on May 8th, 1982 in Neville, Ohio, United States.


Anthony Bowling is a voice actor. He has been prominent since 1997. Anthony was given the name Anthony Wesley Bowling on December 23rd, 1982 in El Paso, Texas, U.S.


Frank was born on February 29th, 1936 in Guyana.


Janice Bowling is an education and congressional staff. Janice was born on April 1st, 1947 in Selma, Alabama.


William was born on September 24th, 1870 in Iron City, Alabama. He left this life on December 27th, 1946.


Bo Bowling is an athlete for the Montreal Alouettes. Bo was born on November 1st, 1987 in Tonkawa, Oklahoma.


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Popularity of Bowling as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bowling U.S.
  White 91.39% 64.26%
  African American 4.67% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.35% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.46% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.71% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.42% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bowling

People with the last name Bowling are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Bowling

  • How Popular is the name Bowling? As a last name Bowling was the 1,311th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Bowling first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Bowling is Monday, January 17th, 1881.
  • How unique is the name Bowling? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Bowling. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Bowling: Your name in reverse order is Gnilwob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gobniwl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bowling? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 26,762 people with the last name Bowling.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bowling? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Bowling as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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