Surname statistics for Cornish

There are approximately 7,984 people named Cornish in the UK. That makes it the 1,356th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 126 are named Cornish.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)79841356N/A126
United Kingdom (1881 census)432110350.014144
Change since 1881+3663-321-0.001-18
Other Countries
United States78874160N/A29


People with the surname Cornish 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.

More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Cornish
Peter Cornish
Michael Cornish
Paul Cornish
Richard Cornish
Alan Cornish
James Cornish
Stephen Cornish
Mark Cornish
Robert Cornish
Andrew Cornish
David Cornish
Martin Cornish
Anthony Cornish
Lee Cornish
Nicholas Cornish
Christopher Cornish
Jason Cornish
William Cornish
Steven Cornish

Top female forenames

Elizabeth Cornish
Susan Cornish
Nicola Cornish
Jennifer Cornish
Helen Cornish
Catherine Cornish
Mary Cornish
Lisa Cornish
Suzanne Cornish
Sally Cornish
Sarah Cornish
Carol Cornish
Ruth Cornish
Julie Cornish
Christine Cornish
Judith Cornish
Karen Cornish
Victoria Cornish
Lesley Cornish
Sharon Cornish


  • 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.