Surname statistics for Butler

There are approximately 72,365 people named Butler in the UK. That makes it the 99th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,145 are named Butler.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)7236599N/A1145
United Kingdom (1881 census)291991090.098975
Change since 1881+43166+10+0.017+170
Other Countries
United States21087998N/A782


People with the surname Butler are slightly 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 Butler are:

  1. Conservative (11)
  2. Labour (11)
  3. Liberal Democrat (2)
  4. Independent (1)
  5. UKIP (1)
  6. Community Campaign Hart (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Butler
John Butler
Paul Butler
Michael Butler
Peter Butler
Richard Butler
Andrew Butler
Mark Butler
Stephen Butler
Robert Butler
James Butler
Christopher Butler
Simon Butler
Ian Butler
Anthony Butler
Alan Butler
Steven Butler
William Butler
Thomas Butler
Brian Butler

Top female forenames

Susan Butler
Karen Butler
Margaret Butler
Sarah Butler
Patricia Butler
Jane Butler
Julie Butler
Linda Butler
Janet Butler
Nicola Butler
Elizabeth Butler
Claire Butler
Jacqueline Butler
Caroline Butler
Michelle Butler
Barbara Butler
Louise Butler
Lisa Butler
Christine Butler
Alison Butler


  • 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.