Surname statistics for Boston

There are approximately 2,799 people named Boston in the UK. That makes it the 3,458th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 44 are named Boston.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)27993458N/A44
United Kingdom (1881 census)137230170.00546
Change since 1881+1427-441-0.001-2
Other Countries
United States150032223N/A56


People with the surname Boston are slightly 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.

More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Boston
Paul Boston
Jonathan Boston
Neil Boston
James Boston
Ian Boston
Peter Boston
Richard Boston
Michael Boston
Mark Boston
Christopher Boston
Terry Boston
David Boston
Charles Boston
Robert Boston
Darren Boston
Graham Boston
Gerald Boston
Simon Boston
Martin Boston

Top female forenames

Janet Boston
Gillian Boston
Susan Boston
Deborah Boston
Cheryl Boston
Helen Boston
Elizabeth Boston
Jessica Boston
Katie Boston
Liza Boston
Claire Boston
Ann Boston
Zoe Boston
Rebecca Boston
Patricia Boston
Judith Boston
Amanda Boston
Christine Boston
Marian Boston
Annette Boston


  • 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.