Surname statistics for Cotton

There are approximately 13,736 people named Cotton in the UK. That makes it the 743rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 217 are named Cotton.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)13736743N/A217
United Kingdom (1881 census)71495910.024239
Change since 1881+6587-152-0.002-22
Other Countries
United States317591006N/A118


People with the surname Cotton are slightly more likely to be politicians than the average member of the population. When they do become politicians, they are most likely to be elected as Liberal Democrat.

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

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

Top male forenames

David Cotton
John Cotton
Richard Cotton
Michael Cotton
Andrew Cotton
Mark Cotton
James Cotton
Christopher Cotton
Paul Cotton
Robert Cotton
Peter Cotton
Anthony Cotton
Stephen Cotton
William Cotton
Ian Cotton
Matthew Cotton
Nicholas Cotton
Simon Cotton
Roger Cotton
Jonathan Cotton

Top female forenames

Susan Cotton
Jane Cotton
Angela Cotton
Elizabeth Cotton
Julie Cotton
Margaret Cotton
Sarah Cotton
Karen Cotton
Jennifer Cotton
Mary Cotton
Jacqueline Cotton
Linda Cotton
Patricia Cotton
Janet Cotton
Claire Cotton
Christine Cotton
Joanne Cotton
Nicola Cotton
Catherine Cotton
Deborah Cotton


  • 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.