Surname statistics for Patel

There are approximately 261,614 people named Patel in the UK. That makes it the 8th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 4,141 are named Patel.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)2616148N/A4141
United Kingdom (1881 census)N/Aless than 0.001N/A
Change since 1881
Other Countries
United States145066172N/A538


People with the surname Patel are 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 Patel are:

  1. Conservative (16)
  2. Labour (11)
  3. Liberal Democrat (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

Sanjay Patel
Rajesh Patel
Jayesh Patel
Amit Patel
Bharat Patel
Hitesh Patel
Rakesh Patel
Sunil Patel
Nilesh Patel
Mukesh Patel
Anil Patel
Chirag Patel
Paresh Patel
Dilip Patel
Ashok Patel
Mahesh Patel
Chandrakant Patel
Ramesh Patel
Dipak Patel
Mohammed Patel

Top female forenames

Bharti Patel
Anita Patel
Nisha Patel
Manisha Patel
Jayshree Patel
Rita Patel
Smita Patel
Gita Patel
Priti Patel
Mina Patel
Kalpana Patel
Usha Patel
Shilpa Patel
Priya Patel
Reena Patel
Bina Patel
Minaxi Patel
Meena Patel
Parul Patel
Varsha Patel


  • 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.