NOTES ON SURNAMES (HULL) 16
DUNLIN Another neglected surname, I’ve found no explanation anywhere. I don’t think that it comes from the name of the bird which (according to the Oxford English Dictionary) only appears in print 1531-2. However the first instance of the surname I’ve found to date is in 1603. Perhaps Dunlin is a double diminutive of dun, word for a dull greyish-brown, which is the origin of the English surname Dunn.
The name today belongs mainly to Yorkshire but is not common anywhere. First notice found to date is of the baptism of Anna Dunline, daughter of William, at Crowle, Lincs., in 1603. Crowle is near the Yorkshire border with Lincs.
Richard Dunlin, translator, was admitted a freeman of York, 1740-41 (13 Geo. II).
Thomas Dunlin was born at Willerby, near Hull, 1825; and John Dunling (sic) was a coal merchant in Willerby,1827. Francis Dunlin, tailor, was fined five shillings at East Riding Quarter Sessions, in September 1836, for letting off fireworks in North Bar Street, Beverley. William Dunlin was fined £10, with the alternative of three months in the House of Correction at East Riding Quarter Sessions, for vagrancy at Ferriby, ERY, and trading without a licence, 1845. David Dunling (sic) was born at Cottingham in 1845. In 1881 he was described as a farmer, and was living in Hallgate, Cottingham.
Dunlins were settled in Hull in the 1840s.