Surname statistics for Coates

There are approximately 24,114 people named Coates in the UK. That makes it the 412nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 382 are named Coates.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)24114412N/A382
United Kingdom (1881 census)111653830.037373
Change since 1881+12949-29+0.001+9
Other Countries
United States216521523N/A80


People with the surname Coates 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 Coates are:

  1. Conservative (2)
  2. Green (2)
  3. Labour (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Coates
John Coates
Michael Coates
Peter Coates
Stephen Coates
Richard Coates
Paul Coates
Andrew Coates
Christopher Coates
James Coates
Philip Coates
Simon Coates
Ian Coates
Alan Coates
Martin Coates
Mark Coates
Anthony Coates
Steven Coates
Robert Coates
Graham Coates

Top female forenames

Susan Coates
Christine Coates
Sarah Coates
Elizabeth Coates
Patricia Coates
Caroline Coates
Julie Coates
Alison Coates
Margaret Coates
Helen Coates
Emma Coates
Catherine Coates
Gillian Coates
Judith Coates
Jennifer Coates
Suzanne Coates
Amanda Coates
Jane Coates
Sandra Coates
Mary Coates


  • 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.