Surname statistics for Owens

There are approximately 18,978 people named Owens in the UK. That makes it the 534th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 300 are named Owens.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)18978534N/A300
United Kingdom (1881 census)148732690.050497
Change since 1881+4105-265-0.02-197
Other Countries
United States176334126N/A654


People with the surname Owens 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 Owens are:

  1. Conservative (2)
  2. Labour (2)
  3. Independent (1)
  4. Democratic Independents (1)
  5. English Democrats (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Owens
John Owens
Paul Owens
Michael Owens
Robert Owens
Christopher Owens
Stephen Owens
Andrew Owens
Gary Owens
Mark Owens
James Owens
Thomas Owens
Peter Owens
Richard Owens
Anthony Owens
Philip Owens
Gareth Owens
Martin Owens
Steven Owens
Daniel Owens

Top female forenames

Jennifer Owens
Susan Owens
Mary Owens
Janet Owens
Helen Owens
Jacqueline Owens
Karen Owens
Sarah Owens
Linda Owens
Christine Owens
Margaret Owens
Jane Owens
Elizabeth Owens
Amanda Owens
Kelly Owens
Barbara Owens
Sally Owens
Louise Owens
Wendy Owens
Ann Owens


  • 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.