Surname statistics for Blackburn

There are approximately 20,049 people named Blackburn in the UK. That makes it the 500th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 317 are named Blackburn.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)20049500N/A317
United Kingdom (1881 census)112913780.038377
Change since 1881+8758-122-0.006-60
Other Countries
United States38137826N/A141


People with the surname Blackburn are more 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 Blackburn are:

  1. Conservative (6)
  2. Labour (2)
  3. Green (2)
  4. Liberal Democrat (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Blackburn
John Blackburn
Robert Blackburn
Peter Blackburn
Richard Blackburn
Paul Blackburn
Mark Blackburn
Simon Blackburn
James Blackburn
Andrew Blackburn
Ian Blackburn
Michael Blackburn
Christopher Blackburn
Stephen Blackburn
William Blackburn
Alan Blackburn
Anthony Blackburn
Lee Blackburn
Gary Blackburn
Philip Blackburn

Top female forenames

Susan Blackburn
Anne Blackburn
Karen Blackburn
Helen Blackburn
Margaret Blackburn
Patricia Blackburn
Julie Blackburn
Jane Blackburn
Sarah Blackburn
Alison Blackburn
Catherine Blackburn
Janet Blackburn
Joanne Blackburn
Jennifer Blackburn
Pamela Blackburn
Lesley Blackburn
Louise Blackburn
Deborah Blackburn
Elizabeth Blackburn
Barbara Blackburn


  • 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.