Surname statistics for Ali

There are approximately 124,487 people named Ali in the UK. That makes it the 52nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,970 are named Ali.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)12448752N/A1970
United Kingdom (1881 census)1854215less than 0.0011
Change since 1881+124469+54163+0.197+1969
Other Countries
United States36079876N/A134


People with the surname Ali 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.

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

  1. Labour (23)
  2. Conservative (2)
  3. Liberal Democrat (1)
  4. Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

Mohammed Ali
Syed Ali
Muhammad Ali
Mohammad Ali
Imran Ali
Ahmed Ali
Amjad Ali
Zulfiqar Ali
Mohamed Ali
Abdul Ali
Asif Ali
Shaukat Ali
Liaqat Ali
Tariq Ali
Hassan Ali
Amir Ali
Sajid Ali
Abid Ali
Shahid Ali
Usman Ali

Top female forenames

Shazia Ali
Yasmin Ali
Aisha Ali
Saima Ali
Nazia Ali
Nadia Ali
Samina Ali
Farzana Ali
Rehana Ali
Shaheen Ali
Fatima Ali
Nasreen Ali
Amina Ali
Samira Ali
Tahira Ali
Syeda Ali
Salma Ali
Shabana Ali
Sara Ali
Farhana Ali


  • 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.