Surname statistics for Downing

There are approximately 9,306 people named Downing in the UK. That makes it the 1,137th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 147 are named Downing.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)93061137N/A147
United Kingdom (1881 census)52078560.017174
Change since 1881+4099-281-0.002-27
Other Countries
United States278791154N/A103


People with the surname Downing are more 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 Downing are:

  1. Conservative (4)
  2. Labour (3)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Downing
Paul Downing
David Downing
Peter Downing
Michael Downing
Mark Downing
Andrew Downing
Philip Downing
Simon Downing
Robert Downing
Richard Downing
Ian Downing
Anthony Downing
Nigel Downing
Christopher Downing
William Downing
Stephen Downing
Alan Downing
Nicholas Downing
Graham Downing

Top female forenames

Christine Downing
Julie Downing
Nicola Downing
Angela Downing
Susan Downing
Mary Downing
Margaret Downing
Caroline Downing
Elizabeth Downing
Sandra Downing
Amanda Downing
Patricia Downing
Gillian Downing
Lisa Downing
Helen Downing
Karen Downing
Sarah Downing
Philippa Downing
Jennifer Downing
Diane Downing


  • 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.