Surname statistics for Ellis

There are approximately 91,262 people named Ellis in the UK. That makes it the 77th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,444 are named Ellis.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)9126277N/A1444
United Kingdom (1881 census)43488690.1451452
Change since 1881+47774-8-0.001-8
Other Countries
United States181934121N/A674


People with the surname Ellis 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 Ellis are:

  1. Conservative (22)
  2. Labour (8)
  3. Independent (5)
  4. SNP (1)
  5. UKIP (1)
  6. Labour and Co-operative (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Ellis
John Ellis
Richard Ellis
Michael Ellis
Peter Ellis
Mark Ellis
Stephen Ellis
Paul Ellis
Robert Ellis
Andrew Ellis
Christopher Ellis
Simon Ellis
James Ellis
Anthony Ellis
Ian Ellis
Brian Ellis
Matthew Ellis
Martin Ellis
Steven Ellis
Graham Ellis

Top female forenames

Susan Ellis
Sarah Ellis
Linda Ellis
Jane Ellis
Elizabeth Ellis
Patricia Ellis
Margaret Ellis
Karen Ellis
Janet Ellis
Jacqueline Ellis
Helen Ellis
Julie Ellis
Nicola Ellis
Mary Ellis
Joanne Ellis
Christine Ellis
Angela Ellis
Caroline Ellis
Jennifer Ellis
Deborah Ellis


  • 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.