Surname statistics for Chalmers

There are approximately 11,635 people named Chalmers in the UK. That makes it the 892nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 184 are named Chalmers.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)11635892N/A184
United Kingdom (1881 census)71295930.024238
Change since 1881+4506-299-0.006-54
Other Countries
United States58175496N/A22


People with the surname Chalmers are considerably 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 SNP.

More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

James Chalmers
David Chalmers
John Chalmers
Andrew Chalmers
Robert Chalmers
William Chalmers
Ian Chalmers
Mark Chalmers
Michael Chalmers
George Chalmers
Alexander Chalmers
Stuart Chalmers
Richard Chalmers
Colin Chalmers
Alan Chalmers
Gordon Chalmers
Craig Chalmers
Scott Chalmers
Peter Chalmers
Iain Chalmers

Top female forenames

Susan Chalmers
Alison Chalmers
Margaret Chalmers
Emma Chalmers
Elizabeth Chalmers
Helen Chalmers
Jane Chalmers
Jennifer Chalmers
Mary Chalmers
Victoria Chalmers
Nicola Chalmers
Natalie Chalmers
Anne Chalmers
Elaine Chalmers
Michelle Chalmers
Lynn Chalmers
Catherine Chalmers
Joanne Chalmers
Rebecca Chalmers
Sandra Chalmers


  • 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.