Surname statistics for Anderson

There are approximately 131,846 people named Anderson in the UK. That makes it the 45th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 2,087 are named Anderson.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)13184645N/A2087
United Kingdom (1881 census)59151440.1981975
Change since 1881+72695-1+0.011+112
Other Countries
United States76239412N/A2826


People with the surname Anderson 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 Conservative.

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

  1. Conservative (12)
  2. Labour (8)
  3. SNP (3)
  4. Independent (2)
  5. Liberal Democrat (1)
  6. Canvey Island Independents (1)
  7. Morecambe Bay Independents (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Anderson
John Anderson
James Anderson
Robert Anderson
Paul Anderson
Mark Anderson
Ian Anderson
Michael Anderson
William Anderson
Peter Anderson
Richard Anderson
Stephen Anderson
Stuart Anderson
Thomas Anderson
Andrew Anderson
Keith Anderson
Christopher Anderson
Neil Anderson
Colin Anderson
Brian Anderson

Top female forenames

Susan Anderson
Margaret Anderson
Karen Anderson
Elizabeth Anderson
Julie Anderson
Patricia Anderson
Sarah Anderson
Jane Anderson
Catherine Anderson
Mary Anderson
Helen Anderson
Linda Anderson
Jacqueline Anderson
Jennifer Anderson
Janet Anderson
Claire Anderson
Christine Anderson
Sandra Anderson
Anne Anderson
Deborah Anderson


  • 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.