Surname statistics for Cowley

There are approximately 11,684 people named Cowley in the UK. That makes it the 885th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 185 are named Cowley.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)11684885N/A185
United Kingdom (1881 census)55088110.018184
Change since 1881+6176-740+1
Other Countries
United States56195664N/A21


People with the surname Cowley are 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 Cowley are:

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

Top male forenames

John Cowley
David Cowley
Michael Cowley
Robert Cowley
Paul Cowley
Richard Cowley
Andrew Cowley
Mark Cowley
Graham Cowley
Simon Cowley
Peter Cowley
Stephen Cowley
Christopher Cowley
Ian Cowley
Alan Cowley
Brian Cowley
Nicholas Cowley
Timothy Cowley
Philip Cowley
George Cowley

Top female forenames

Susan Cowley
Sarah Cowley
Margaret Cowley
Christine Cowley
Karen Cowley
Jane Cowley
Jacqueline Cowley
Angela Cowley
Amanda Cowley
Helen Cowley
Louise Cowley
Elizabeth Cowley
Patricia Cowley
Gillian Cowley
Claire Cowley
Catherine Cowley
Elaine Cowley
Emma Cowley
Anne Cowley
Jennifer Cowley


  • 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.