Surname statistics for Cooper

There are approximately 151,562 people named Cooper in the UK. That makes it the 35th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 2,399 are named Cooper.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)15156235N/A2399
United Kingdom (1881 census)72849300.2432433
Change since 1881+78713-5-0.003-34
Other Countries
United States27009764N/A1001


People with the surname Cooper are slightly 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 Cooper are:

  1. Conservative (19)
  2. Labour (15)
  3. Liberal Democrat (5)
  4. Independent (4)
  5. Molesey Resident's Assocication (2)
  6. Green (1)
  7. Community Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Cooper
John Cooper
Paul Cooper
Michael Cooper
Andrew Cooper
Mark Cooper
Robert Cooper
Stephen Cooper
Richard Cooper
Peter Cooper
James Cooper
Simon Cooper
Ian Cooper
Christopher Cooper
Alan Cooper
Gary Cooper
Philip Cooper
Brian Cooper
Martin Cooper
William Cooper

Top female forenames

Susan Cooper
Sarah Cooper
Elizabeth Cooper
Julie Cooper
Margaret Cooper
Jane Cooper
Helen Cooper
Christine Cooper
Linda Cooper
Nicola Cooper
Patricia Cooper
Janet Cooper
Jacqueline Cooper
Karen Cooper
Carol Cooper
Anne Cooper
Mary Cooper
Alison Cooper
Barbara Cooper
Emma Cooper


  • 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.