Surname statistics for Clayton

There are approximately 30,393 people named Clayton in the UK. That makes it the 303rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 481 are named Clayton.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)30393303N/A481
United Kingdom (1881 census)162812390.054544
Change since 1881+14112-64-0.006-63
Other Countries
United States54875548N/A203


People with the surname Clayton are 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 Conservative.

As of the most recent set of elections, the political parties represented by politicians called Clayton are:

  1. Conservative (2)
  2. Labour (2)
  3. Liberal Democrat (1)
  4. Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Clayton
John Clayton
Michael Clayton
Andrew Clayton
Paul Clayton
Mark Clayton
Richard Clayton
Peter Clayton
Robert Clayton
Stephen Clayton
Ian Clayton
Christopher Clayton
Alan Clayton
Simon Clayton
Philip Clayton
Anthony Clayton
Steven Clayton
James Clayton
William Clayton
Brian Clayton

Top female forenames

Susan Clayton
Margaret Clayton
Karen Clayton
Julie Clayton
Gillian Clayton
Elizabeth Clayton
Jennifer Clayton
Patricia Clayton
Christine Clayton
Sarah Clayton
Jane Clayton
Anne Clayton
Deborah Clayton
Carol Clayton
Ann Clayton
Nicola Clayton
Pamela Clayton
Emma Clayton
Jacqueline Clayton
Lesley Clayton


  • 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.