Surname statistics for Bristow

There are approximately 10,669 people named Bristow in the UK. That makes it the 998th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 169 are named Bristow.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)10669998N/A169
United Kingdom (1881 census)405211190.014135
Change since 1881+6617+121+0.003+34
Other Countries
United States71344563N/A26

Top male forenames

John Bristow
David Bristow
Mark Bristow
Stephen Bristow
Alan Bristow
Paul Bristow
Peter Bristow
Andrew Bristow
Ian Bristow
Christopher Bristow
Robert Bristow
James Bristow
Richard Bristow
Michael Bristow
Martin Bristow
Anthony Bristow
Simon Bristow
Gary Bristow
Graham Bristow
Steven Bristow

Top female forenames

Christine Bristow
Jane Bristow
Sharon Bristow
Margaret Bristow
Carol Bristow
Jacqueline Bristow
Susan Bristow
Sarah Bristow
Amanda Bristow
Mary Bristow
Linda Bristow
Jennifer Bristow
Claire Bristow
Angela Bristow
Emma Bristow
Joanne Bristow
Samantha Bristow
Helen Bristow
Kelly Bristow
Janet Bristow


  • 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.