Surname statistics for Burnside

There are approximately 2,661 people named Burnside in the UK. That makes it the 3,596th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 42 are named Burnside.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)26613596N/A42
United Kingdom (1881 census)105037760.00435
Change since 1881+1611+1800+7
Other Countries
United States84703854N/A31

Top male forenames

David Burnside
Robert Burnside
Michael Burnside
Andrew Burnside
John Burnside
William Burnside
Ian Burnside
Peter Burnside
Philip Burnside
Graham Burnside
Stephen Burnside
Stuart Burnside
Ray Burnside
Thomas Burnside
Craig Burnside
Jason Burnside
Neil Burnside
Colin Burnside
James Burnside

Top female forenames

Jane Burnside
Maureen Burnside
Carole Burnside
Margaret Burnside
Joanne Burnside
Alison Burnside
Patricia Burnside
Heather Burnside
Linda Burnside
Rachel Burnside
Della Burnside
Mary Burnside
Charlotte Burnside
Melanie Burnside
Julia Burnside
Elizabeth Burnside
Sarah Burnside
Anna Burnside
Arlene Burnside


  • 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.