Surname statistics for Bishop

There are approximately 44,438 people named Bishop in the UK. That makes it the 185th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 703 are named Bishop.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)44438185N/A703
United Kingdom (1881 census)209271730.070699
Change since 1881+23511-120+4
Other Countries
United States114034238N/A423


People with the surname Bishop 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 Bishop are:

  1. Conservative (7)
  2. Labour (3)
  3. Liberal Democrat (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Bishop
John Bishop
Paul Bishop
Michael Bishop
Andrew Bishop
Mark Bishop
Peter Bishop
Stephen Bishop
Robert Bishop
James Bishop
Simon Bishop
Ian Bishop
Richard Bishop
Christopher Bishop
Anthony Bishop
Alan Bishop
Martin Bishop
Graham Bishop
Matthew Bishop
Nicholas Bishop

Top female forenames

Susan Bishop
Sarah Bishop
Janet Bishop
Jane Bishop
Carol Bishop
Catherine Bishop
Karen Bishop
Elizabeth Bishop
Lesley Bishop
Margaret Bishop
Mary Bishop
Sandra Bishop
Julie Bishop
Sally Bishop
Lisa Bishop
Wendy Bishop
Emma Bishop
Christine Bishop
Sharon Bishop
Claire Bishop


  • 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.