Surname statistics for Prior

There are approximately 15,619 people named Prior in the UK. That makes it the 636th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 247 are named Prior.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)15619636N/A247
United Kingdom (1881 census)69326120.023231
Change since 1881+8687-24+0.002+16
Other Countries
United States65544926N/A24


People with the surname Prior are considerably 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 Independent.

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Top male forenames

Michael Prior
David Prior
John Prior
Andrew Prior
James Prior
Stephen Prior
Mark Prior
Colin Prior
Richard Prior
Anthony Prior
Peter Prior
Robert Prior
Simon Prior
Alan Prior
Steven Prior
Paul Prior
Christopher Prior
Kevin Prior
Ian Prior
Nicholas Prior

Top female forenames

Susan Prior
Sarah Prior
Alison Prior
Elizabeth Prior
Patricia Prior
Victoria Prior
Margaret Prior
Jane Prior
Julie Prior
Janet Prior
Pauline Prior
Karen Prior
Valerie Prior
Angela Prior
Sandra Prior
Mary Prior
Tracey Prior
Louise Prior
Joanna Prior
Helen Prior


  • 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.