Surname statistics for Harley

There are approximately 8,584 people named Harley in the UK. That makes it the 1,244th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 136 are named Harley.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)85841244N/A136
United Kingdom (1881 census)386011840.013129
Change since 1881+4724-60+0.001+7
Other Countries
United States114092886N/A42


People with the surname Harley are about as likely to be politicians as 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 Harley are:

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

Top male forenames

John Harley
David Harley
Michael Harley
Robert Harley
Ian Harley
Richard Harley
James Harley
Andrew Harley
Stephen Harley
Paul Harley
William Harley
Nicholas Harley
Jonathan Harley
Peter Harley
Mark Harley
Keith Harley
Anthony Harley
Simon Harley
Adrian Harley
Thomas Harley

Top female forenames

Susan Harley
Elizabeth Harley
Nicola Harley
Caroline Harley
Mary Harley
Sarah Harley
Linda Harley
Sylvia Harley
Karen Harley
Carol Harley
Deborah Harley
Victoria Harley
Margaret Harley
Sally Harley
Joan Harley
Brenda Harley
Joanne Harley
Ann Harley
Donna Harley
Stephanie Harley


  • 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.