Surname statistics for Stanley

There are approximately 28,925 people named Stanley in the UK. That makes it the 318th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 458 are named Stanley.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)28925318N/A458
United Kingdom (1881 census)115143690.038384
Change since 1881+17411+51+0.008+74
Other Countries
United States93817292N/A348


People with the surname Stanley 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.

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

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

Top male forenames

David Stanley
John Stanley
Paul Stanley
Mark Stanley
Michael Stanley
Peter Stanley
Robert Stanley
Christopher Stanley
Andrew Stanley
Richard Stanley
James Stanley
Philip Stanley
Ian Stanley
Alan Stanley
Martin Stanley
Anthony Stanley
Graham Stanley
Darren Stanley
Neil Stanley
Simon Stanley

Top female forenames

Sarah Stanley
Elizabeth Stanley
Susan Stanley
Helen Stanley
Karen Stanley
Jane Stanley
Christine Stanley
Julie Stanley
Patricia Stanley
Nicola Stanley
Lisa Stanley
Valerie Stanley
Sharon Stanley
Jacqueline Stanley
Samantha Stanley
Sandra Stanley
Diane Stanley
Margaret Stanley
Mary Stanley
Caroline Stanley


  • 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.