Surname statistics for Charles

There are approximately 21,598 people named Charles in the UK. That makes it the 466th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 342 are named Charles.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)21598466N/A342
United Kingdom (1881 census)61897050.021207
Change since 1881+15409+239+0.013+135
Other Countries
United States51518589N/A191


People with the surname Charles 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 Charles are:

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

Top male forenames

David Charles
John Charles
Michael Charles
Paul Charles
Stephen Charles
Ian Charles
Mark Charles
Christopher Charles
Anthony Charles
Peter Charles
Robert Charles
Andrew Charles
Richard Charles
Alan Charles
Gary Charles
James Charles
Simon Charles
Jonathan Charles
Nicholas Charles
Martin Charles

Top female forenames

Susan Charles
Sarah Charles
Margaret Charles
Mary Charles
Helen Charles
Deborah Charles
Diane Charles
Jennifer Charles
Dawn Charles
Joan Charles
Amanda Charles
Wendy Charles
Natalie Charles
Valerie Charles
Alison Charles
Caroline Charles
Karen Charles
Janet Charles
Jacqueline Charles
Linda Charles


  • 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.