Surname statistics for Burke

There are approximately 37,452 people named Burke in the UK. That makes it the 240th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 593 are named Burke.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)37452240N/A593
United Kingdom (1881 census)88124800.029294
Change since 1881+28640+240+0.03+299
Other Countries
United States119175229N/A442


People with the surname Burke 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 Labour.

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

  1. Labour (8)
  2. Liberal Democrat (2)
  3. Conservative (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Burke
Michael Burke
Paul Burke
David Burke
James Burke
Peter Burke
Christopher Burke
Stephen Burke
Kevin Burke
Anthony Burke
Patrick Burke
Martin Burke
Andrew Burke
Richard Burke
Thomas Burke
William Burke
Sean Burke
Daniel Burke
Alan Burke
Mark Burke

Top female forenames

Susan Burke
Mary Burke
Margaret Burke
Patricia Burke
Christine Burke
Elizabeth Burke
Joanne Burke
Lisa Burke
Sharon Burke
Sarah Burke
Michelle Burke
Catherine Burke
Jane Burke
Helen Burke
Karen Burke
Ann Burke
Jacqueline Burke
Julie Burke
Maureen Burke
Anne Burke


  • 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.