Surname statistics for Bowden

There are approximately 17,550 people named Bowden in the UK. That makes it the 565th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 278 are named Bowden.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)17550565N/A278
United Kingdom (1881 census)86424900.029289
Change since 1881+8908-75-0.001-11
Other Countries
United States236771373N/A88


People with the surname Bowden 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 Labour.

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

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

Top male forenames

David Bowden
Paul Bowden
Michael Bowden
John Bowden
Mark Bowden
Peter Bowden
Andrew Bowden
Richard Bowden
Robert Bowden
James Bowden
Philip Bowden
Stephen Bowden
Christopher Bowden
Matthew Bowden
Gary Bowden
Ian Bowden
William Bowden
Kevin Bowden
Anthony Bowden
Alan Bowden

Top female forenames

Susan Bowden
Sarah Bowden
Elizabeth Bowden
Carol Bowden
Patricia Bowden
Julie Bowden
Linda Bowden
Christine Bowden
Ann Bowden
Angela Bowden
Helen Bowden
Jennifer Bowden
Margaret Bowden
Jane Bowden
Judith Bowden
Lisa Bowden
Joanne Bowden
Lesley Bowden
Emma Bowden
Jill Bowden


  • 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.