Surname statistics for Selby

There are approximately 9,144 people named Selby in the UK. That makes it the 1,156th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 145 are named Selby.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)91441156N/A145
United Kingdom (1881 census)357612610.012119
Change since 1881+5568+105+0.002+26
Other Countries
United States115332858N/A43


People with the surname Selby 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 Labour.

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

  1. Labour (2)
  2. Nork Resident's Association (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Selby
John Selby
Mark Selby
Peter Selby
Michael Selby
Ian Selby
Andrew Selby
Richard Selby
Christopher Selby
James Selby
Stephen Selby
Alan Selby
Martin Selby
Colin Selby
Paul Selby
Edward Selby
Matthew Selby
William Selby
Jonathan Selby
Neil Selby

Top female forenames

Susan Selby
Linda Selby
Claire Selby
Nicola Selby
Margaret Selby
Karen Selby
Elizabeth Selby
Denise Selby
Jacqueline Selby
Jane Selby
Sheila Selby
Samantha Selby
Julie Selby
Julia Selby
Anne Selby
Gillian Selby
Joanna Selby
Helen Selby
Katherine Selby
Ann Selby


  • 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.