Surname statistics for Petrie

There are approximately 7,448 people named Petrie in the UK. That makes it the 1,454th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 118 are named Petrie.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)74481454N/A118
United Kingdom (1881 census)355912700.012119
Change since 1881+3889-1840-1
Other Countries
United States82343958N/A31

Top male forenames

John Petrie
David Petrie
Andrew Petrie
Mark Petrie
Robert Petrie
James Petrie
William Petrie
Michael Petrie
Alan Petrie
Ian Petrie
Gary Petrie
Kenneth Petrie
Gordon Petrie
Colin Petrie
Stephen Petrie
Alexander Petrie
Graham Petrie
Richard Petrie
Derek Petrie
Steven Petrie

Top female forenames

Jane Petrie
Susan Petrie
Anne Petrie
Margaret Petrie
Elizabeth Petrie
Helen Petrie
Julie Petrie
Linda Petrie
Mary Petrie
Maureen Petrie
Patricia Petrie
Catherine Petrie
Ruth Petrie
Irene Petrie
Sharon Petrie
Fiona Petrie
Barbara Petrie
Carol Petrie
Caroline Petrie
Kathleen Petrie


  • 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.