Surname statistics for Colwell

There are approximately 2,101 people named Colwell in the UK. That makes it the 4,328th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 33 are named Colwell.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)21014328N/A33
United Kingdom (1881 census)97340340.00332
Change since 1881+1128-2940+1
Other Countries
United States100813254N/A37

Top male forenames

Richard Colwell
Michael Colwell
David Colwell
Paul Colwell
Brian Colwell
John Colwell
Peter Colwell
Alistair Colwell
Martin Colwell
Robert Colwell
Simon Colwell
Phillip Colwell
Stephen Colwell
Nathan Colwell
Andrew Colwell
Iain Colwell
Gerald Colwell
George Colwell

Top female forenames

Fiona Colwell
Charlotte Colwell
Jane Colwell
Catherine Colwell
Debbie Colwell
Arlene Colwell
Lucy Colwell
Michaela Colwell
Wendy Colwell
Jeanne Colwell
Sarah Colwell
Rachel Colwell
Janet Colwell
Josephine Colwell
Margaret Colwell
Elizabeth Colwell
Carol Colwell
Yvette Colwell


  • 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.