Surname statistics for Rea

There are approximately 7,529 people named Rea in the UK. That makes it the 1,436th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 119 are named Rea.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)75291436N/A119
United Kingdom (1881 census)168325660.00656
Change since 1881+5846+1130+0.006+63
Other Countries
United States137082423N/A51


People with the surname Rea 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 Liberal Democrat.

As of the most recent set of elections, the political parties represented by politicians called Rea are:

  1. Liberal Democrat (1)
  2. Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Rea
David Rea
Mark Rea
Michael Rea
Peter Rea
William Rea
Christopher Rea
Andrew Rea
Robert Rea
Stephen Rea
Anthony Rea
James Rea
Paul Rea
Simon Rea
Ian Rea
Brian Rea
Edward Rea
Joseph Rea
Kevin Rea
Matthew Rea

Top female forenames

Susan Rea
Nicola Rea
Elizabeth Rea
Gillian Rea
Michelle Rea
Tracey Rea
Pamela Rea
Patricia Rea
Sarah Rea
Sharon Rea
Carol Rea
Sheila Rea
Frances Rea
Julie Rea
Karen Rea
Jennifer Rea
Louise Rea
Margaret Rea
Lisa Rea
Joan Rea


  • 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.