Surname statistics for Canavan

There are approximately 2,937 people named Canavan in the UK. That makes it the 3,325th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 46 are named Canavan.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)29373325N/A46
United Kingdom (1881 census)35088590.00112
Change since 1881+2587+5534+0.004+34
Other Countries
United States31889374N/A12

Top male forenames

Paul Canavan
John Canavan
Michael Canavan
David Canavan
Peter Canavan
James Canavan
Patrick Canavan
Brian Canavan
Ian Canavan
Mark Canavan
Declan Canavan
Stephen Canavan
Thomas Canavan
Robert Canavan
Gary Canavan
Gordon Canavan
Joseph Canavan
Philip Canavan
Padraig Canavan
Andrew Canavan

Top female forenames

Mary Canavan
Elizabeth Canavan
Alison Canavan
Sharon Canavan
Laura Canavan
Margaret Canavan
Lorraine Canavan
Pauline Canavan
Maura Canavan
Lisa Canavan
Geraldine Canavan
Angela Canavan
Paula Canavan
Vanessa Canavan
Frances Canavan
Julie Canavan
Patricia Canavan
Melissa Canavan
Emma Canavan
Ann Canavan


  • 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.