Surname statistics for Birrell

There are approximately 2,272 people named Birrell in the UK. That makes it the 4,071th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 36 are named Birrell.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)22724071N/A36
United Kingdom (1881 census)146028750.00549
Change since 1881+812-1196-0.001-13
Other Countries
United States63333933less than 0.0012

Top male forenames

David Birrell
James Birrell
Andrew Birrell
Ian Birrell
Mark Birrell
Robert Birrell
John Birrell
Peter Birrell
Stephen Birrell
Christopher Birrell
Colin Birrell
William Birrell
George Birrell
Paul Birrell
Alexander Birrell
Scott Birrell
Gordon Birrell
Gary Birrell

Top female forenames

Emma Birrell
Sarah Birrell
Julie Birrell
Jennifer Birrell
Lynn Birrell
Christina Birrell
Barbara Birrell
Valerie Birrell
Donna Birrell
Lucy Birrell
Angela Birrell
Carol Birrell
Joyce Birrell
Ann Birrell
Margaret Birrell
Alison Birrell
Susan Birrell
Deborah Birrell


  • 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.