Surname statistics for Darling

There are approximately 5,590 people named Darling in the UK. That makes it the 1,873rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 88 are named Darling.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)55901873N/A88
United Kingdom (1881 census)286815640.01096
Change since 1881+2722-309-0.001-8
Other Countries
United States178551849N/A66


People with the surname Darling 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 Labour.

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

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

Top male forenames

John Darling
Peter Darling
David Darling
Paul Darling
Robert Darling
Stephen Darling
Michael Darling
Richard Darling
James Darling
Andrew Darling
Mark Darling
Keith Darling
Christopher Darling
Thomas Darling
Stuart Darling
Matthew Darling
Colin Darling
William Darling
Martin Darling
Geoffrey Darling

Top female forenames

Nicola Darling
Joanne Darling
Deborah Darling
Margaret Darling
Charlotte Darling
Jacqueline Darling
Mary Darling
Anne Darling
Carole Darling
Susan Darling
Barbara Darling
Michelle Darling
Verena Darling
Amanda Darling
Karen Darling
Jane Darling
June Darling
Samantha Darling
Sonia Darling
Linda Darling


  • 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.