Surname statistics for Burns

There are approximately 51,724 people named Burns in the UK. That makes it the 153rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 819 are named Burns.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)51724153N/A819
United Kingdom (1881 census)201061860.067671
Change since 1881+31618+33+0.015+148
Other Countries
United States162153141N/A601


People with the surname Burns 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 Labour.

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

  1. Labour (8)
  2. Conservative (5)
  3. SNP (1)
  4. Morecambe Bay Independents (1)
  5. Independent Ratepayers (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Burns
David Burns
Robert Burns
Michael Burns
Andrew Burns
Paul Burns
James Burns
Stephen Burns
Peter Burns
Christopher Burns
Mark Burns
Richard Burns
Anthony Burns
William Burns
Ian Burns
Alan Burns
Martin Burns
Thomas Burns
Gary Burns
Patrick Burns

Top female forenames

Susan Burns
Margaret Burns
Linda Burns
Catherine Burns
Sarah Burns
Julie Burns
Helen Burns
Jane Burns
Jacqueline Burns
Christine Burns
Nicola Burns
Amanda Burns
Elizabeth Burns
Angela Burns
Mary Burns
Alison Burns
Patricia Burns
Emma Burns
Anne Burns
Deborah Burns


  • 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.