Surname statistics for Allison

There are approximately 17,428 people named Allison in the UK. That makes it the 572nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 276 are named Allison.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)17428572N/A276
United Kingdom (1881 census)85114990.028284
Change since 1881+8917-730-8
Other Countries
United States51504590N/A191


People with the surname Allison 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 Conservative.

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

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

Top male forenames

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

Top female forenames

Margaret Allison
Susan Allison
Julie Allison
Sarah Allison
Elizabeth Allison
Sandra Allison
Karen Allison
Angela Allison
Barbara Allison
Anne Allison
Donna Allison
Samantha Allison
Gillian Allison
Jane Allison
Christine Allison
Ann Allison
Lesley Allison
Mary Allison
Helen Allison
Victoria Allison


  • 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.