Surname statistics for Bowen

There are approximately 23,278 people named Bowen in the UK. That makes it the 433rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 368 are named Bowen.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)23278433N/A368
United Kingdom (1881 census)123833430.041413
Change since 1881+10895-90-0.004-45
Other Countries
United States77078370N/A286


People with the surname Bowen 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 Bowen are:

  1. Conservative (4)
  2. Labour (3)
  3. Liberal Democrat (3)
  4. Plaid Cymru (1)
  5. Herefordshire Independents (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Bowen
John Bowen
Mark Bowen
Paul Bowen
Andrew Bowen
Peter Bowen
Michael Bowen
Richard Bowen
Christopher Bowen
Robert Bowen
Stephen Bowen
William Bowen
James Bowen
Gareth Bowen
Anthony Bowen
Ian Bowen
Thomas Bowen
Steven Bowen
Alan Bowen
Philip Bowen

Top female forenames

Sarah Bowen
Janet Bowen
Susan Bowen
Elizabeth Bowen
Margaret Bowen
Sharon Bowen
Carol Bowen
Julie Bowen
Mary Bowen
Jacqueline Bowen
Alison Bowen
Karen Bowen
Jennifer Bowen
Christine Bowen
Angela Bowen
Lisa Bowen
Nicola Bowen
Linda Bowen
Hannah Bowen
Michelle Bowen


  • 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.