Surname statistics for Bolton

There are approximately 25,274 people named Bolton in the UK. That makes it the 388th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 400 are named Bolton.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)25274388N/A400
United Kingdom (1881 census)128953190.043431
Change since 1881+12379-69-0.003-31
Other Countries
United States31995994N/A119


People with the surname Bolton 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 Bolton are:

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

Top male forenames

David Bolton
John Bolton
Michael Bolton
Andrew Bolton
Paul Bolton
James Bolton
Robert Bolton
Peter Bolton
Mark Bolton
Richard Bolton
Christopher Bolton
Ian Bolton
Stephen Bolton
William Bolton
Nicholas Bolton
Alan Bolton
Keith Bolton
Jonathan Bolton
Philip Bolton
Graham Bolton

Top female forenames

Susan Bolton
Linda Bolton
Sarah Bolton
Patricia Bolton
Catherine Bolton
Janet Bolton
Jane Bolton
Sharon Bolton
Elizabeth Bolton
Christine Bolton
Margaret Bolton
Helen Bolton
Claire Bolton
Julie Bolton
Mary Bolton
Carol Bolton
Judith Bolton
Alison Bolton
Anne Bolton
Jennifer Bolton


  • 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.