Surname statistics for Downes

There are approximately 13,152 people named Downes in the UK. That makes it the 771th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 208 are named Downes.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)13152771N/A208
United Kingdom (1881 census)370512320.012124
Change since 1881+9447+461+0.009+84
Other Countries
United States55945687N/A21


People with the surname Downes 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 Liberal Democrat.

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

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

Top male forenames

John Downes
Andrew Downes
Paul Downes
Richard Downes
David Downes
Anthony Downes
Michael Downes
Stephen Downes
James Downes
Peter Downes
Steven Downes
Christopher Downes
Martin Downes
Mark Downes
Kevin Downes
Graham Downes
Simon Downes
Nicholas Downes
Robert Downes
Timothy Downes

Top female forenames

Helen Downes
Margaret Downes
Julie Downes
Mary Downes
Susan Downes
Jacqueline Downes
Christine Downes
Jane Downes
Linda Downes
Elizabeth Downes
Janet Downes
Sharon Downes
Jennifer Downes
Rebecca Downes
Claire Downes
Kathleen Downes
Lisa Downes
Nicola Downes
Catherine Downes
Emma Downes


  • 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.