Surname statistics for Alston

There are approximately 3,327 people named Alston in the UK. That makes it the 3,012nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 53 are named Alston.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)33273012N/A53
United Kingdom (1881 census)195122530.00765
Change since 1881+1376-759-0.002-12
Other Countries
United States280891140N/A104


People with the surname Alston 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 Liberal Democrat.

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

  1. Liberal Democrat (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Alston
John Alston
Paul Alston
Andrew Alston
Mark Alston
James Alston
Michael Alston
Richard Alston
Anthony Alston
Robert Alston
Stephen Alston
Ian Alston
Philip Alston
Bernard Alston
William Alston
Peter Alston
Graham Alston
Eric Alston
Robin Alston
Barry Alston

Top female forenames

Patricia Alston
Tracey Alston
Mary Alston
Ann Alston
Susan Alston
Alison Alston
Pamela Alston
Margaret Alston
Lisa Alston
Andrea Alston
Lynn Alston
Karen Alston
Holly Alston
Morven Alston
Claire Alston
Elizabeth Alston
Heather Alston
Julie Alston
Gillian Alston
Janet Alston


  • 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.