Surname statistics for Cable

There are approximately 4,617 people named Cable in the UK. That makes it the 2,268th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 73 are named Cable.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)46172268N/A73
United Kingdom (1881 census)150428100.00550
Change since 1881+3113+542+0.002+23
Other Countries
United States95513430N/A35


People with the surname Cable 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 Conservative.

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

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

Top male forenames

John Cable
David Cable
Peter Cable
Mark Cable
Andrew Cable
Paul Cable
Michael Cable
Robert Cable
Graham Cable
Philip Cable
James Cable
Richard Cable
Ian Cable
Anthony Cable
Colin Cable
Alan Cable
Matthew Cable
Adrian Cable
Stuart Cable
Christopher Cable

Top female forenames

Susan Cable
Jacqueline Cable
Lesley Cable
Emma Cable
Gillian Cable
Lisa Cable
Samantha Cable
Caroline Cable
Elizabeth Cable
Kelly Cable
Joanne Cable
Julie Cable
Pamela Cable
Vivienne Cable
Nicola Cable
Alison Cable
Julia Cable
Jane Cable
Dana Cable
Margaret Cable


  • 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.