Surname statistics for Brierley

There are approximately 7,878 people named Brierley in the UK. That makes it the 1,377th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 125 are named Brierley.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)78781377N/A125
United Kingdom (1881 census)53198410.018178
Change since 1881+2559-536-0.006-53
Other Countries
United States101523372less than 0.0014


People with the surname Brierley are slightly less 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 Brierley are:

  1. Liberal Democrat (1)
  2. Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Brierley
John Brierley
Peter Brierley
Paul Brierley
Andrew Brierley
Ian Brierley
Christopher Brierley
Mark Brierley
Philip Brierley
Stephen Brierley
Michael Brierley
Anthony Brierley
Jonathan Brierley
Robert Brierley
Steven Brierley
James Brierley
Graham Brierley
Richard Brierley
Stuart Brierley
Craig Brierley

Top female forenames

Julie Brierley
Anne Brierley
Susan Brierley
Jennifer Brierley
Elizabeth Brierley
Emma Brierley
Ann Brierley
Linda Brierley
Margaret Brierley
Amanda Brierley
Joanne Brierley
Angela Brierley
Helen Brierley
Karen Brierley
Kathleen Brierley
Irene Brierley
Sarah Brierley
Elaine Brierley
Janet Brierley
Michelle Brierley


  • 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.