Surname statistics for Allen

There are approximately 131,270 people named Allen in the UK. That makes it the 46th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 2,078 are named Allen.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)13127046N/A2078
United Kingdom (1881 census)56572470.1891889
Change since 1881+74698+1+0.019+189
Other Countries
United States46336832N/A1718


People with the surname Allen are slightly 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 Conservative.

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

  1. Conservative (16)
  2. Liberal Democrat (11)
  3. Labour (9)
  4. Independent (1)
  5. UKIP (1)
  6. Green (1)
  7. Independent/Green (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Allen
John Allen
Michael Allen
Peter Allen
Mark Allen
Robert Allen
Richard Allen
Paul Allen
Stephen Allen
Christopher Allen
James Allen
Andrew Allen
Anthony Allen
Martin Allen
William Allen
Steven Allen
Philip Allen
Simon Allen
Jonathan Allen
Nicholas Allen

Top female forenames

Susan Allen
Sarah Allen
Margaret Allen
Elizabeth Allen
Julie Allen
Jane Allen
Karen Allen
Janet Allen
Christine Allen
Jennifer Allen
Patricia Allen
Wendy Allen
Linda Allen
Catherine Allen
Ann Allen
Carol Allen
Mary Allen
Deborah Allen
Lisa Allen
Jacqueline Allen


  • 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.