Surname statistics for Barry

There are approximately 21,801 people named Barry in the UK. That makes it the 459th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 345 are named Barry.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)21801459N/A345
United Kingdom (1881 census)54158250.018181
Change since 1881+16386+366+0.017+164
Other Countries
United States45044691N/A167


People with the surname Barry 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 Labour.

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

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

Top male forenames

John Barry
Michael Barry
Kevin Barry
David Barry
Paul Barry
Richard Barry
James Barry
Anthony Barry
Mark Barry
Peter Barry
Stephen Barry
Patrick Barry
Thomas Barry
Christopher Barry
Robert Barry
William Barry
Andrew Barry
Philip Barry
Sean Barry
Alan Barry

Top female forenames

Susan Barry
Helen Barry
Christine Barry
Patricia Barry
Sarah Barry
Kathleen Barry
Mary Barry
Karen Barry
Julie Barry
Linda Barry
Maureen Barry
Catherine Barry
Margaret Barry
Anna Barry
Jane Barry
Pamela Barry
Julia Barry
Jacqueline Barry
Caroline Barry
Lucy Barry


  • 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.