Surname statistics for Russell

There are approximately 87,067 people named Russell in the UK. That makes it the 80th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,378 are named Russell.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)8706780N/A1378
United Kingdom (1881 census)36558840.1221221
Change since 1881+50509+4+0.016+157
Other Countries
United States21543293N/A799


People with the surname Russell are about as likely to be politicians as 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 Russell are:

  1. Conservative (12)
  2. Labour (10)
  3. Liberal Democrat (4)
  4. Independent (2)
  5. SNP (1)
  6. Alderman (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Russell
David Russell
Mark Russell
Paul Russell
James Russell
Robert Russell
Andrew Russell
Peter Russell
Stephen Russell
Michael Russell
Ian Russell
William Russell
Alan Russell
Richard Russell
Christopher Russell
Brian Russell
Simon Russell
Philip Russell
Anthony Russell
Martin Russell

Top female forenames

Susan Russell
Margaret Russell
Elizabeth Russell
Sarah Russell
Julie Russell
Karen Russell
Jane Russell
Helen Russell
Patricia Russell
Mary Russell
Nicola Russell
Jacqueline Russell
Christine Russell
Angela Russell
Caroline Russell
Linda Russell
Janet Russell
Sandra Russell
Amanda Russell
Anne Russell


  • 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.