Surname statistics for Barr

There are approximately 18,840 people named Barr in the UK. That makes it the 541th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 298 are named Barr.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)18840541N/A298
United Kingdom (1881 census)72425880.024242
Change since 1881+11598+47+0.006+56
Other Countries
United States42432738N/A157


People with the surname Barr are 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 Liberal Democrat.

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

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

Top male forenames

David Barr
Andrew Barr
James Barr
Robert Barr
John Barr
Stephen Barr
Christopher Barr
Ian Barr
William Barr
Michael Barr
Thomas Barr
Peter Barr
Richard Barr
Colin Barr
Alan Barr
Gordon Barr
Stuart Barr
George Barr
Jonathan Barr
Samuel Barr

Top female forenames

Susan Barr
Margaret Barr
Linda Barr
Jacqueline Barr
Jane Barr
Gillian Barr
Sarah Barr
Karen Barr
Elizabeth Barr
Caroline Barr
Christine Barr
Helen Barr
Nicola Barr
Angela Barr
Amanda Barr
Judith Barr
Sharon Barr
Laura Barr
Jennifer Barr
Rebecca Barr


  • 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.