Surname statistics for Butcher

There are approximately 23,919 people named Butcher in the UK. That makes it the 417th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 379 are named Butcher.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)23919417N/A379
United Kingdom (1881 census)126203340.042421
Change since 1881+11299-83-0.004-42
Other Countries
United States220771478N/A82


People with the surname Butcher are more 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 Butcher are:

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

Top male forenames

David Butcher
John Butcher
Paul Butcher
Michael Butcher
Mark Butcher
Andrew Butcher
Richard Butcher
James Butcher
Ian Butcher
Robert Butcher
Anthony Butcher
Stephen Butcher
Peter Butcher
Christopher Butcher
Brian Butcher
Simon Butcher
Kevin Butcher
Martin Butcher
Gary Butcher
Nicholas Butcher

Top female forenames

Susan Butcher
Margaret Butcher
Karen Butcher
Helen Butcher
Patricia Butcher
Victoria Butcher
Sarah Butcher
Elizabeth Butcher
Deborah Butcher
Angela Butcher
Lisa Butcher
Catherine Butcher
Linda Butcher
Louise Butcher
Julie Butcher
Carol Butcher
Jennifer Butcher
Pamela Butcher
Jacqueline Butcher
Sandra Butcher


  • 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.