Surname statistics for Alexander

There are approximately 45,761 people named Alexander in the UK. That makes it the 178th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 724 are named Alexander.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)45761178N/A724
United Kingdom (1881 census)158522500.053529
Change since 1881+29909+72+0.019+195
Other Countries
United States193443111N/A717


People with the surname Alexander are slightly 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 Labour.

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

  1. Labour (6)
  2. Liberal Democrat (5)
  3. SNP (3)
  4. Conservative (2)
  5. Independent (2)
  6. Resident's Association (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Alexander
John Alexander
James Alexander
Paul Alexander
Michael Alexander
Ian Alexander
Robert Alexander
Andrew Alexander
Mark Alexander
William Alexander
Richard Alexander
Peter Alexander
Stephen Alexander
Brian Alexander
Simon Alexander
Christopher Alexander
Thomas Alexander
Stuart Alexander
George Alexander
Philip Alexander

Top female forenames

Susan Alexander
Elizabeth Alexander
Sarah Alexander
Patricia Alexander
Linda Alexander
Jane Alexander
Anne Alexander
Jennifer Alexander
Julie Alexander
Karen Alexander
Margaret Alexander
Helen Alexander
Christine Alexander
Carol Alexander
Claire Alexander
Catherine Alexander
Janet Alexander
Lesley Alexander
Sheila Alexander
Gillian Alexander


  • 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.