Surname statistics for Cheng

There are approximately 8,617 people named Cheng in the UK. That makes it the 1,237th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 136 are named Cheng.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)86171237N/A136
United Kingdom (1881 census)3212385less than 0.001N/A
Change since 1881+8614+211148+0.014
Other Countries
United States260231238N/A96

Top male forenames

Wai Cheng
Kwok Cheng
Peter Cheng
Kam Cheng
Chi Cheng
David Cheng
Jason Cheng
Chun Cheng
Ken Cheng
Ka Cheng
William Cheng
Peng Cheng
Wei Cheng
Yuk Cheng
Po Cheng
Kin Cheng
Jimmy Cheng
Jing Cheng
Simon Cheng
Chung Cheng

Top female forenames

Kit Cheng
Mei Cheng
Karen Cheng
Yen Cheng
Wai Cheng
Ai Cheng
Ming Cheng
May Cheng
Helen Cheng
Lisa Cheng
Sarah Cheng
Sharon Cheng
Sau Cheng
Li Cheng
Elizabeth Cheng
Catherine Cheng
Xi Cheng
Vera Cheng
Fiona Cheng
Yu Cheng


  • 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.