Surname statistics for Howell

There are approximately 26,329 people named Howell in the UK. That makes it the 371th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 417 are named Howell.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)26329371N/A417
United Kingdom (1881 census)126233320.042422
Change since 1881+13706-390-5
Other Countries
United States109634249N/A406


People with the surname Howell are slightly 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 Conservative.

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

  1. Conservative (6)
  2. Plaid Cymru (1)
  3. Poole People Party (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Howell
John Howell
Michael Howell
Peter Howell
Mark Howell
Stephen Howell
Robert Howell
Richard Howell
Andrew Howell
Paul Howell
Christopher Howell
James Howell
Anthony Howell
Simon Howell
Martin Howell
Ian Howell
Kevin Howell
Philip Howell
Alan Howell
Colin Howell

Top female forenames

Susan Howell
Margaret Howell
Sarah Howell
Karen Howell
Julie Howell
Elizabeth Howell
Linda Howell
Jennifer Howell
Jane Howell
Janet Howell
Claire Howell
Patricia Howell
Sally Howell
Alison Howell
Rebecca Howell
Diane Howell
Tracey Howell
Catherine Howell
Wendy Howell
Anne Howell


  • 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.