Surname statistics for Howells

There are approximately 15,018 people named Howells in the UK. That makes it the 672nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 238 are named Howells.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)15018672N/A238
United Kingdom (1881 census)76435560.026255
Change since 1881+7375-116-0.002-17
Other Countries
United States284810363N/A11


People with the surname Howells 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 Howells are:

  1. Conservative (2)
  2. Labour (1)
  3. Liberal Democrat (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Howells
John Howells
Michael Howells
Paul Howells
Richard Howells
Gareth Howells
Robert Howells
Andrew Howells
Stephen Howells
Mark Howells
Peter Howells
Ian Howells
Philip Howells
Christopher Howells
Jonathan Howells
William Howells
Graham Howells
Anthony Howells
Brian Howells
Roger Howells

Top female forenames

Susan Howells
Sarah Howells
Margaret Howells
Nicola Howells
Julie Howells
Denise Howells
Alison Howells
Claire Howells
Jennifer Howells
Helen Howells
Lisa Howells
Angela Howells
Gillian Howells
Rebecca Howells
Sharon Howells
Pauline Howells
Christine Howells
Jane Howells
Victoria Howells
Linda Howells


  • 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.