Surname statistics for Bowley

There are approximately 3,270 people named Bowley in the UK. That makes it the 3,051th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 52 are named Bowley.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)32703051N/A52
United Kingdom (1881 census)164426300.00555
Change since 1881+1626-4210-3
Other Countries
United States184114792N/A7


People with the surname Bowley are slightly less 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.

More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

Paul Bowley
Richard Bowley
Andrew Bowley
Mark Bowley
David Bowley
Martin Bowley
John Bowley
Nigel Bowley
Christopher Bowley
Peter Bowley
Ian Bowley
Chris Bowley
Nicholas Bowley
Stephen Bowley
Robert Bowley
Roger Bowley
James Bowley
William Bowley
Jonathan Bowley
Philip Bowley

Top female forenames

Susan Bowley
Shirley Bowley
Jane Bowley
Fiona Bowley
Valerie Bowley
Brenda Bowley
Hayley Bowley
Sharon Bowley
Lisa Bowley
Elizabeth Bowley
Amanda Bowley
Sarah Bowley
Laura Bowley
Claire Bowley
Janet Bowley
Samantha Bowley
Kathleen Bowley
Tina Bowley
Anita Bowley
Michelle Bowley


  • 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.