Surname statistics for Barnes

There are approximately 73,842 people named Barnes in the UK. That makes it the 96th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,169 are named Barnes.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)7384296N/A1169
United Kingdom (1881 census)36048870.1201204
Change since 1881+37794-9-0.003-35
Other Countries
United States21042699N/A780


People with the surname Barnes 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 Barnes are:

  1. Conservative (7)
  2. Labour (6)
  3. Liberal Democrat (4)
  4. Independent (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Barnes
John Barnes
Michael Barnes
Richard Barnes
Paul Barnes
Peter Barnes
Andrew Barnes
Stephen Barnes
Robert Barnes
Simon Barnes
Christopher Barnes
Ian Barnes
Mark Barnes
Anthony Barnes
James Barnes
Matthew Barnes
Steven Barnes
Alan Barnes
Nicholas Barnes
Philip Barnes

Top female forenames

Susan Barnes
Christine Barnes
Margaret Barnes
Patricia Barnes
Sarah Barnes
Julie Barnes
Helen Barnes
Janet Barnes
Elizabeth Barnes
Lisa Barnes
Alison Barnes
Linda Barnes
Mary Barnes
Ann Barnes
Pauline Barnes
Jacqueline Barnes
Sandra Barnes
Amanda Barnes
Angela Barnes
Anne Barnes


  • 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.