Surname statistics for Bates

There are approximately 42,012 people named Bates in the UK. That makes it the 202nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 665 are named Bates.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)42012202N/A665
United Kingdom (1881 census)190572000.064636
Change since 1881+22955-2+0.002+29
Other Countries
United States93743293N/A348


People with the surname Bates 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 Bates are:

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

Top male forenames

David Bates
John Bates
Paul Bates
Stephen Bates
Peter Bates
Andrew Bates
Michael Bates
Christopher Bates
Richard Bates
Alan Bates
Mark Bates
Anthony Bates
Robert Bates
Simon Bates
James Bates
Ian Bates
Steven Bates
William Bates
Graham Bates
Colin Bates

Top female forenames

Susan Bates
Margaret Bates
Helen Bates
Sarah Bates
Karen Bates
Patricia Bates
Jacqueline Bates
Elizabeth Bates
Sharon Bates
Christine Bates
Julie Bates
Alison Bates
Catherine Bates
Wendy Bates
Rachel Bates
Caroline Bates
Joanne Bates
Clare Bates
Jennifer Bates
Janet Bates


  • 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.