Surname statistics for Bray

There are approximately 19,464 people named Bray in the UK. That makes it the 520th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 308 are named Bray.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)19464520N/A308
United Kingdom (1881 census)100694250.034336
Change since 1881+9395-95-0.003-28
Other Countries
United States34575923N/A128


People with the surname Bray 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 Liberal Democrat.

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

  1. Liberal Democrat (3)
  2. Conservative (2)
  3. Labour (1)
  4. Tattenhams Resident's Association (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Bray
Michael Bray
Robert Bray
Andrew Bray
Richard Bray
John Bray
Stephen Bray
Peter Bray
Alan Bray
Christopher Bray
Jonathan Bray
Paul Bray
Matthew Bray
Simon Bray
James Bray
Ian Bray
Mark Bray
Anthony Bray
Steven Bray
Philip Bray

Top female forenames

Susan Bray
Margaret Bray
Sarah Bray
Janet Bray
Emma Bray
Jennifer Bray
Linda Bray
Christine Bray
Elizabeth Bray
Samantha Bray
Patricia Bray
Michelle Bray
Sharon Bray
Jane Bray
Jacqueline Bray
Julie Bray
Catherine Bray
Helen Bray
Barbara Bray
Angela Bray


  • 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.