Surname statistics for Boswell

There are approximately 6,742 people named Boswell in the UK. That makes it the 1,578th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 107 are named Boswell.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)67421578N/A107
United Kingdom (1881 census)281215890.00994
Change since 1881+3930+11+0.002+13
Other Countries
United States219271493N/A81


People with the surname Boswell 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 Labour.

As of the most recent set of elections, the political parties represented by politicians called Boswell are:

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

Top male forenames

Peter Boswell
David Boswell
John Boswell
Alan Boswell
Paul Boswell
James Boswell
Mark Boswell
Neil Boswell
Andrew Boswell
Robert Boswell
Anthony Boswell
Colin Boswell
Ian Boswell
Michael Boswell
Richard Boswell
Steven Boswell
Philip Boswell
Thomas Boswell
Christopher Boswell
William Boswell

Top female forenames

Susan Boswell
Emma Boswell
Nicola Boswell
Julie Boswell
Elizabeth Boswell
Karen Boswell
Linda Boswell
Tina Boswell
Margaret Boswell
Patricia Boswell
Jennifer Boswell
Claire Boswell
Sharon Boswell
Michelle Boswell
Kirsty Boswell
Joy Boswell
Jane Boswell
Ruth Boswell
Marion Boswell
Dorothy Boswell


  • 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.