Surname statistics for Howard

There are approximately 66,475 people named Howard in the UK. That makes it the 112nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,052 are named Howard.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)66475112N/A1052
United Kingdom (1881 census)293881070.098981
Change since 1881+37087-5+0.007+71
Other Countries
United States25477970N/A945


People with the surname Howard 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 Howard are:

  1. Conservative (12)
  2. Labour (5)
  3. Independent (4)
  4. Liberal Democrat (1)
  5. Green (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Howard
John Howard
Michael Howard
Paul Howard
Peter Howard
Stephen Howard
Mark Howard
Andrew Howard
James Howard
Robert Howard
Christopher Howard
Richard Howard
Simon Howard
Philip Howard
Anthony Howard
Alan Howard
Ian Howard
Brian Howard
Martin Howard
Keith Howard

Top female forenames

Susan Howard
Sarah Howard
Christine Howard
Elizabeth Howard
Linda Howard
Julie Howard
Jane Howard
Margaret Howard
Janet Howard
Anne Howard
Karen Howard
Patricia Howard
Caroline Howard
Nicola Howard
Samantha Howard
Mary Howard
Alison Howard
Carol Howard
Deborah Howard
Jennifer Howard


  • 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.