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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
Wiktionary
  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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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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