Surname statistics for Bryan

There are approximately 19,781 people named Bryan in the UK. That makes it the 513rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 313 are named Bryan.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)19781513N/A313
United Kingdom (1881 census)74335750.025248
Change since 1881+12348+62+0.006+65
Other Countries
United States55269542N/A205


People with the surname Bryan are 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 Bryan are:

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

Top male forenames

David Bryan
Paul Bryan
John Bryan
Peter Bryan
Michael Bryan
James Bryan
Richard Bryan
Andrew Bryan
Stephen Bryan
Christopher Bryan
Mark Bryan
Robert Bryan
Philip Bryan
Kevin Bryan
Alan Bryan
Anthony Bryan
Lee Bryan
William Bryan
Steven Bryan
Roger Bryan

Top female forenames

Julie Bryan
Susan Bryan
Jacqueline Bryan
Margaret Bryan
Helen Bryan
Sharon Bryan
Linda Bryan
Jane Bryan
Elizabeth Bryan
Rachel Bryan
Christine Bryan
Sarah Bryan
Janet Bryan
Diane Bryan
Alison Bryan
Patricia Bryan
Lynn Bryan
Joanne Bryan
Mary Bryan
Amanda Bryan


  • 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.