Surname statistics for Burnell

There are approximately 3,740 people named Burnell in the UK. That makes it the 2,721th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 59 are named Burnell.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)37402721N/A59
United Kingdom (1881 census)179524290.00660
Change since 1881+1945-2920-1
Other Countries
United States38008049N/A14

Top male forenames

John Burnell
Peter Burnell
Robert Burnell
Simon Burnell
Richard Burnell
Ian Burnell
Andrew Burnell
Mark Burnell
Michael Burnell
Paul Burnell
Steven Burnell
David Burnell
James Burnell
Matthew Burnell
Gregory Burnell
Colin Burnell
Darren Burnell
Alan Burnell
Charles Burnell
Lee Burnell

Top female forenames

Susan Burnell
Janet Burnell
Catherine Burnell
Emma Burnell
Elizabeth Burnell
Christine Burnell
Claire Burnell
Ann Burnell
Linda Burnell
Patricia Burnell
Sandra Burnell
Mary Burnell
Sally Burnell
Sarah Burnell
Louise Burnell
Rosemary Burnell
Jennifer Burnell
Lucy Burnell
Jeni Burnell
Victoria Burnell


  • 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.