Surname statistics for Barber

There are approximately 34,166 people named Barber in the UK. That makes it the 271th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 541 are named Barber.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)34166271N/A541
United Kingdom (1881 census)180262120.060602
Change since 1881+16140-59-0.006-61
Other Countries
United States76504376N/A284


People with the surname Barber 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 Conservative.

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

  1. Conservative (4)
  2. Labour (3)
  3. Liberal Democrat (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Barber
John Barber
Paul Barber
Andrew Barber
Michael Barber
Christopher Barber
Peter Barber
Richard Barber
Stephen Barber
Mark Barber
Ian Barber
James Barber
Anthony Barber
Robert Barber
Graham Barber
Simon Barber
Martin Barber
Alan Barber
Colin Barber
Steven Barber

Top female forenames

Susan Barber
Sarah Barber
Linda Barber
Margaret Barber
Elizabeth Barber
Karen Barber
Julie Barber
Anne Barber
Carol Barber
Helen Barber
Jacqueline Barber
Alison Barber
Claire Barber
Wendy Barber
Jane Barber
Janet Barber
Christine Barber
Samantha Barber
Patricia Barber
Mary Barber


  • 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.