Surname statistics for Clarke

There are approximately 167,270 people named Clarke in the UK. That makes it the 26th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 2,647 are named Clarke.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)16727026N/A2647
United Kingdom (1881 census)60682400.2032026
Change since 1881+106588+14+0.062+621
Other Countries
United States62546476N/A232


People with the surname Clarke are about as likely to be politicians as 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 Clarke are:

  1. Conservative (29)
  2. Labour (20)
  3. Independent (4)
  4. Liberal Democrat (3)
  5. Community Campaign Hart (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Clarke
John Clarke
Michael Clarke
Paul Clarke
Andrew Clarke
Peter Clarke
Stephen Clarke
Robert Clarke
Richard Clarke
James Clarke
Christopher Clarke
Simon Clarke
Alan Clarke
Ian Clarke
Anthony Clarke
Philip Clarke
Martin Clarke
Brian Clarke
Steven Clarke
Gary Clarke

Top female forenames

Susan Clarke
Sarah Clarke
Karen Clarke
Elizabeth Clarke
Margaret Clarke
Patricia Clarke
Julie Clarke
Christine Clarke
Nicola Clarke
Helen Clarke
Mary Clarke
Jennifer Clarke
Jacqueline Clarke
Jane Clarke
Anne Clarke
Alison Clarke
Deborah Clarke
Linda Clarke
Caroline Clarke
Louise Clarke


  • 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.