Surname statistics for Steel

There are approximately 16,779 people named Steel in the UK. That makes it the 604th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 266 are named Steel.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)16779604N/A266
United Kingdom (1881 census)122063520.041408
Change since 1881+4573-252-0.014-142
Other Countries
United States68134759N/A25


People with the surname Steel 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 Steel are:

  1. Conservative (3)
  2. Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Steel
John Steel
Robert Steel
Andrew Steel
Mark Steel
Michael Steel
James Steel
Christopher Steel
Ian Steel
Richard Steel
William Steel
Paul Steel
Peter Steel
Brian Steel
Iain Steel
Anthony Steel
Jonathan Steel
Colin Steel
Alan Steel
Matthew Steel

Top female forenames

Susan Steel
Margaret Steel
Louise Steel
Jane Steel
Nicola Steel
Karen Steel
Christine Steel
Elizabeth Steel
Mary Steel
Patricia Steel
Sarah Steel
Deborah Steel
Fiona Steel
Linda Steel
Gillian Steel
Helen Steel
Jacqueline Steel
Wendy Steel
Julie Steel
Joanne Steel


  • 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.