Surname statistics for Shelley

There are approximately 7,400 people named Shelley in the UK. That makes it the 1,465th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 117 are named Shelley.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)74001465N/A117
United Kingdom (1881 census)231919310.00877
Change since 1881+5081+466+0.004+40
Other Countries
United States139952373N/A52


People with the surname Shelley are 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 Conservative.

More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

Christopher Shelley
Andrew Shelley
Peter Shelley
Paul Shelley
John Shelley
David Shelley
Mark Shelley
James Shelley
Robert Shelley
Richard Shelley
Michael Shelley
Nicholas Shelley
Trevor Shelley
Ian Shelley
Anthony Shelley
Martin Shelley
Stephen Shelley
Steven Shelley
Matthew Shelley
Neil Shelley

Top female forenames

Susan Shelley
Emma Shelley
Catherine Shelley
Barbara Shelley
Pamela Shelley
Margaret Shelley
Elizabeth Shelley
Heather Shelley
Laura Shelley
Alison Shelley
Emily Shelley
Sarah Shelley
Julie Shelley
Shirley Shelley
Victoria Shelley
Andrea Shelley
Jayne Shelley
Lynn Shelley
Lisa Shelley
June Shelley


  • 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.