Surname statistics for Downie

There are approximately 7,205 people named Downie in the UK. That makes it the 1,492nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 114 are named Downie.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)72051492N/A114
United Kingdom (1881 census)351312920.012117
Change since 1881+3692-200-0.001-3
Other Countries
United States259711195N/A10


People with the surname Downie 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 Labour.

More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Downie
Andrew Downie
James Downie
John Downie
Robert Downie
Ian Downie
Mark Downie
William Downie
Gordon Downie
Alan Downie
Paul Downie
George Downie
Michael Downie
Alexander Downie
Steven Downie
Scott Downie
Anthony Downie
Colin Downie
Lee Downie
Thomas Downie

Top female forenames

Susan Downie
Karen Downie
Anne Downie
Elizabeth Downie
Helen Downie
Margaret Downie
Alison Downie
Jane Downie
Deborah Downie
Jennifer Downie
Irene Downie
Gillian Downie
Lorna Downie
Sheila Downie
Lesley Downie
Pauline Downie
Joyce Downie
Patricia Downie
Amanda Downie
Ruth Downie


  • 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.