Surname statistics for Bannister

There are approximately 12,130 people named Bannister in the UK. That makes it the 838th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 192 are named Bannister.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)12130838N/A192
United Kingdom (1881 census)51718610.017173
Change since 1881+6959+23+0.002+19
Other Countries
United States81104019N/A30


People with the surname Bannister are more likely to be politicians than the average member of the population. When they do become politicians, they are most likely to be elected as Conservative.

As of the most recent set of elections, the political parties represented by politicians called Bannister are:

  1. Conservative (4)
  2. Liberal Democrat (2)
  3. Labour (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Bannister
John Bannister
Paul Bannister
Mark Bannister
Richard Bannister
Peter Bannister
Stephen Bannister
Simon Bannister
Andrew Bannister
Neil Bannister
Alan Bannister
Thomas Bannister
Roger Bannister
Michael Bannister
James Bannister
Robert Bannister
Brian Bannister
Lee Bannister
Keith Bannister
Christopher Bannister

Top female forenames

Susan Bannister
Amanda Bannister
Emma Bannister
Sarah Bannister
Julie Bannister
Karen Bannister
Barbara Bannister
Mary Bannister
Sharon Bannister
Nicola Bannister
Christine Bannister
Sandra Bannister
Rachel Bannister
Janet Bannister
Claire Bannister
Catherine Bannister
Georgina Bannister
Lynn Bannister
Lisa Bannister
Ann Bannister


  • Total is the total number of people with that surname.
  • Rank is the position in the list of names ordered by total (eg, a rank of 1 means that it's the most common name, and a rank of 10 means it's the tenth most common, etc).
  • Frequency is the percentage of people with that surname.
  • Per million people is the number of people with that surname per million of the population.

All of these are approximate figures, and the current figures especially so. The 1881 census figures are correct for what was recorded on the census, but we don't really know how accurate it was. At least, though the 1881 figures won't change, as it's a snapshot of a point in time. The current figures, by contrast, are variable according to births, deaths, migration and marriages, so the values shown here are only a best approximation to whatever was the case when the underlying data was collated and will not be the same as whatever the values are right now.

'N/A' indicates that we don't have data for this name in that country or time (usually because it's quite uncommon there and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one there with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the UK as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.