Surname statistics for Downs

There are approximately 7,107 people named Downs in the UK. That makes it the 1,511th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 112 are named Downs.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)71071511N/A112
United Kingdom (1881 census)53268400.018178
Change since 1881+1781-671-0.007-66
Other Countries
United States33494955N/A124


People with the surname Downs 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

Andrew Downs
Paul Downs
John Downs
Richard Downs
Peter Downs
Michael Downs
David Downs
Brian Downs
Mark Downs
Christopher Downs
Kevin Downs
Simon Downs
Robert Downs
William Downs
Stephen Downs
James Downs
Gary Downs
Alan Downs
Steven Downs
Nicholas Downs

Top female forenames

Susan Downs
Natalie Downs
Christine Downs
Patricia Downs
Elaine Downs
Sarah Downs
Lesley Downs
Angela Downs
Andrea Downs
Denise Downs
Margaret Downs
Nicola Downs
Lisa Downs
Michelle Downs
Carol Downs
Gillian Downs
Janet Downs
Sandra Downs
Catherine Downs
Jane Downs


  • 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.