Surname statistics for Cotter

There are approximately 4,252 people named Cotter in the UK. That makes it the 2,460th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 67 are named Cotter.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)42522460N/A67
United Kingdom (1881 census)113535430.00438
Change since 1881+3117+1083+0.003+29
Other Countries
United States119772764N/A44

Top male forenames

John Cotter
David Cotter
Sean Cotter
Michael Cotter
Martin Cotter
William Cotter
Andrew Cotter
Mark Cotter
Liam Cotter
Peter Cotter
Colin Cotter
Richard Cotter
Stephen Cotter
Brian Cotter
James Cotter
Philip Cotter
Raymond Cotter
Paul Cotter
Anthony Cotter
Ian Cotter

Top female forenames

Susan Cotter
Marion Cotter
Sally Cotter
Lisa Cotter
Diane Cotter
Elizabeth Cotter
Dorothy Cotter
Louise Cotter
Jane Cotter
Tracey Cotter
Lorraine Cotter
Helen Cotter
Catherine Cotter
Madeleine Cotter
Yvonne Cotter
Kathryn Cotter
Christina Cotter
Vicki Cotter
Joanne Cotter
Maria Cotter


  • 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.