Surname statistics for Cavanagh

There are approximately 6,353 people named Cavanagh in the UK. That makes it the 1,663rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 101 are named Cavanagh.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)63531663N/A101
United Kingdom (1881 census)225919840.00875
Change since 1881+4094+321+0.002+26
Other Countries
United States39327797N/A15

Top male forenames

Michael Cavanagh
John Cavanagh
Peter Cavanagh
James Cavanagh
Paul Cavanagh
David Cavanagh
Stephen Cavanagh
Sean Cavanagh
Mark Cavanagh
Anthony Cavanagh
Steven Cavanagh
Alan Cavanagh
William Cavanagh
Matthew Cavanagh
Gerard Cavanagh
Daniel Cavanagh
Craig Cavanagh
Brian Cavanagh
Christopher Cavanagh
Neil Cavanagh

Top female forenames

Helen Cavanagh
Sarah Cavanagh
Deborah Cavanagh
Julie Cavanagh
Marie Cavanagh
Patricia Cavanagh
Amanda Cavanagh
Lynne Cavanagh
Catherine Cavanagh
Barbara Cavanagh
Julia Cavanagh
Pauline Cavanagh
Carol Cavanagh
Katie Cavanagh
Theresa Cavanagh
Mary Cavanagh
Jennifer Cavanagh
Lisa Cavanagh
Angela Cavanagh
Janet Cavanagh


  • 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.