Surname statistics for Buchanan

There are approximately 18,272 people named Buchanan in the UK. That makes it the 548th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 289 are named Buchanan.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)18272548N/A289
United Kingdom (1881 census)77405460.026258
Change since 1881+10532-2+0.003+31
Other Countries
United States63825471N/A237


People with the surname Buchanan 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 SNP.

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

  1. SNP (3)
  2. Conservative (2)
  3. Labour (1)
  4. Liberal Democrat (1)
  5. Independent (1)
  6. UKIP (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Buchanan
Andrew Buchanan
David Buchanan
James Buchanan
Ian Buchanan
Robert Buchanan
William Buchanan
Paul Buchanan
Alexander Buchanan
Stuart Buchanan
Neil Buchanan
Kenneth Buchanan
Keith Buchanan
Mark Buchanan
Richard Buchanan
Michael Buchanan
George Buchanan
Peter Buchanan
Iain Buchanan
Gordon Buchanan

Top female forenames

Catherine Buchanan
Susan Buchanan
Elizabeth Buchanan
Mary Buchanan
Margaret Buchanan
Emma Buchanan
Pauline Buchanan
Anne Buchanan
Sarah Buchanan
Helen Buchanan
Gillian Buchanan
Julie Buchanan
Linda Buchanan
Alison Buchanan
Sharon Buchanan
Patricia Buchanan
Laura Buchanan
Sheila Buchanan
Jacqueline Buchanan
Rachel Buchanan


  • 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.