Surname statistics for Bruce

There are approximately 29,696 people named Bruce in the UK. That makes it the 313rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 470 are named Bruce.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)29696313N/A470
United Kingdom (1881 census)140272910.047468
Change since 1881+15669-220+2
Other Countries
United States52004583N/A193


People with the surname Bruce 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 Conservative.

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

  1. Conservative (4)
  2. Labour (2)
  3. Liberal Democrat (1)
  4. SNP (1)
  5. Thames Ditton/Weston Green Resident's Association (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Bruce
Robert Bruce
John Bruce
Andrew Bruce
Ian Bruce
James Bruce
Michael Bruce
William Bruce
Richard Bruce
Stephen Bruce
Mark Bruce
Peter Bruce
Alan Bruce
Paul Bruce
George Bruce
Alexander Bruce
Kenneth Bruce
Colin Bruce
Jonathan Bruce
Christopher Bruce

Top female forenames

Susan Bruce
Margaret Bruce
Elizabeth Bruce
Linda Bruce
Karen Bruce
Helen Bruce
Patricia Bruce
Caroline Bruce
Sarah Bruce
Julie Bruce
Christine Bruce
Alison Bruce
Angela Bruce
Fiona Bruce
Jennifer Bruce
Janet Bruce
Amanda Bruce
Mary Bruce
Sharon Bruce
Nicola Bruce


  • 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.