Surname statistics for Earl

There are approximately 9,233 people named Earl in the UK. That makes it the 1,147th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 146 are named Earl.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)92331147N/A146
United Kingdom (1881 census)391611610.013131
Change since 1881+5317+14+0.002+15
Other Countries
United States153472170N/A57


People with the surname Earl 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 Independent.

As of the most recent set of elections, the political parties represented by politicians called Earl are:

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

Top male forenames

David Earl
John Earl
Robert Earl
Richard Earl
Peter Earl
Michael Earl
Christopher Earl
Stephen Earl
Philip Earl
Andrew Earl
Mark Earl
James Earl
Stuart Earl
Jason Earl
Brian Earl
Jonathan Earl
Martin Earl
Paul Earl
Geoffrey Earl
Lee Earl

Top female forenames

Susan Earl
Christine Earl
Deborah Earl
Sarah Earl
Gillian Earl
Linda Earl
Tracey Earl
Margaret Earl
Jean Earl
Lisa Earl
Valerie Earl
Patricia Earl
Elizabeth Earl
Jane Earl
Lynn Earl
Alison Earl
Janet Earl
Maria Earl
Michelle Earl
Catherine Earl


  • 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.