Surname statistics for Knowles

There are approximately 28,811 people named Knowles in the UK. That makes it the 322nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 456 are named Knowles.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)28811322N/A456
United Kingdom (1881 census)159932470.053534
Change since 1881+12818-75-0.007-78
Other Countries
United States273801174N/A102


People with the surname Knowles 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 Labour.

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

  1. Labour (7)
  2. Conservative (4)
  3. Independent (3)
  4. Liberal Democrat (1)
  5. East Lindsey Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Knowles
John Knowles
Michael Knowles
Paul Knowles
Peter Knowles
Richard Knowles
Mark Knowles
Andrew Knowles
Stephen Knowles
Robert Knowles
Christopher Knowles
James Knowles
Simon Knowles
Philip Knowles
Ian Knowles
William Knowles
Anthony Knowles
Steven Knowles
Kevin Knowles
Graham Knowles

Top female forenames

Susan Knowles
Patricia Knowles
Jennifer Knowles
Margaret Knowles
Sarah Knowles
Janet Knowles
Elizabeth Knowles
Jane Knowles
Karen Knowles
Barbara Knowles
Helen Knowles
Joanne Knowles
Christine Knowles
Julie Knowles
Amanda Knowles
Ann Knowles
Catherine Knowles
Jacqueline Knowles
Mary Knowles
Carol Knowles


  • 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.