Surname statistics for Bowman

There are approximately 17,469 people named Bowman in the UK. That makes it the 569th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 276 are named Bowman.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)17469569N/A276
United Kingdom (1881 census)78225360.026261
Change since 1881+9647-33+0.002+15
Other Countries
United States102239268N/A379


People with the surname Bowman 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.

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

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

Top male forenames

David Bowman
John Bowman
Mark Bowman
Robert Bowman
Richard Bowman
Andrew Bowman
Paul Bowman
James Bowman
Christopher Bowman
Michael Bowman
Peter Bowman
Alan Bowman
Ian Bowman
Matthew Bowman
Stephen Bowman
William Bowman
Martin Bowman
Nicholas Bowman
Philip Bowman
Kenneth Bowman

Top female forenames

Susan Bowman
Sarah Bowman
Janet Bowman
Elizabeth Bowman
Jennifer Bowman
Helen Bowman
Claire Bowman
Gillian Bowman
Karen Bowman
Anne Bowman
Jane Bowman
Carol Bowman
Margaret Bowman
Michelle Bowman
Diane Bowman
Christine Bowman
Catherine Bowman
Patricia Bowman
Jacqueline Bowman
Angela Bowman


  • 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.