Surname statistics for Bain

There are approximately 11,757 people named Bain in the UK. That makes it the 873rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 186 are named Bain.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)11757873N/A186
United Kingdom (1881 census)74315760.025248
Change since 1881+4326-297-0.006-62
Other Countries
United States168451965N/A62


People with the surname Bain 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 SNP.

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

  1. SNP (2)
  2. Conservative (1)
  3. Labour (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Bain
Andrew Bain
Robert Bain
David Bain
James Bain
William Bain
Colin Bain
Iain Bain
Christopher Bain
Alan Bain
Kevin Bain
Stuart Bain
Derek Bain
Gordon Bain
Ian Bain
Brian Bain
Richard Bain
Michael Bain
Alexander Bain
Duncan Bain

Top female forenames

Karen Bain
Elizabeth Bain
Susan Bain
Anne Bain
Sarah Bain
Mary Bain
Ann Bain
Julie Bain
Jane Bain
Patricia Bain
Linda Bain
Margaret Bain
Sandra Bain
Fiona Bain
Marion Bain
Alison Bain
Sharon Bain
Helen Bain
Jennifer Bain
Ruth Bain


  • 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.