Surname statistics for Dow

There are approximately 5,566 people named Dow in the UK. That makes it the 1,883rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 88 are named Dow.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)55661883N/A88
United Kingdom (1881 census)360812510.012120
Change since 1881+1958-632-0.003-32
Other Countries
United States146222278N/A54


People with the surname Dow 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.

More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Dow
James Dow
Robert Dow
Andrew Dow
John Dow
Peter Dow
Steven Dow
William Dow
Ian Dow
Graham Dow
Donald Dow
Simon Dow
Michael Dow
Gordon Dow
Stephen Dow
Colin Dow
Richard Dow
Martin Dow
Christopher Dow
Iain Dow

Top female forenames

Gillian Dow
Linda Dow
Catherine Dow
Margaret Dow
Patricia Dow
Emma Dow
Michelle Dow
Elizabeth Dow
Jennifer Dow
Anna Dow
Fiona Dow
Lorna Dow
Sarah Dow
Susan Dow
Sandra Dow
Theresa Dow
Sheila Dow
Janet Dow
Suzanne Dow
Isobel Dow


  • 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.