Surname statistics for Ball

There are approximately 51,310 people named Ball in the UK. That makes it the 157th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 812 are named Ball.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)51310157N/A812
United Kingdom (1881 census)247371360.083826
Change since 1881+26573-21-0.002-14
Other Countries
United States77561366N/A288


People with the surname Ball are slightly 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 Ball are:

  1. Conservative (9)
  2. Labour (5)
  3. Liberal Democrat (4)
  4. Coppull Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Ball
John Ball
Michael Ball
Stephen Ball
Christopher Ball
Andrew Ball
Peter Ball
Alan Ball
Richard Ball
Robert Ball
Martin Ball
Graham Ball
James Ball
Ian Ball
Philip Ball
Simon Ball
Anthony Ball
Steven Ball
Jonathan Ball
Nicholas Ball

Top female forenames

Susan Ball
Sarah Ball
Christine Ball
Elizabeth Ball
Helen Ball
Linda Ball
Jane Ball
Janet Ball
Karen Ball
Julie Ball
Jacqueline Ball
Amanda Ball
Patricia Ball
Catherine Ball
Margaret Ball
Michelle Ball
Wendy Ball
Alison Ball
Sharon Ball
Barbara Ball


  • 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.