Surname statistics for Chen

There are approximately 28,828 people named Chen in the UK. That makes it the 321th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 456 are named Chen.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)28828321N/A456
United Kingdom (1881 census)987291less than 0.001N/A
Change since 1881+28819+86970+0.046
Other Countries
United States105544260N/A391

Top male forenames

Wei Chen
Jian Chen
Ming Chen
Xiao Chen
Yu Chen
Feng Chen
Yong Chen
Zhi Chen
Liang Chen
Yi Chen
Jing Chen
Chao Chen
Wen Chen
Hui Chen
Bin Chen
Gang Chen
Xiang Chen
Guo Chen
Jiang Chen
Hao Chen

Top female forenames

Xi Chen
Yan Chen
Mei Chen
Qi Chen
Lin Chen
Xiu Chen
Ying Chen
Jun Chen
Fang Chen
Yu Chen
Xiao Chen
Ling Chen
Li Chen
Chu Chen
Jie Chen
Lian Chen
Hong Chen
Rui Chen
Helen Chen
Jennifer Chen


  • 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.