Surname statistics for David

There are approximately 28,195 people named David in the UK. That makes it the 331th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 446 are named David.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)28195331N/A446
United Kingdom (1881 census)311814470.010104
Change since 1881+25077+1116+0.035+342
Other Countries
United States38659818N/A143


People with the surname David 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 Labour.

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

  1. Labour (5)
  2. Liberal Democrat (1)
  3. Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John David
Michael David
Christopher David
Richard David
Paul David
Peter David
Andrew David
William David
Robert David
Simon David
Anthony David
Brian David
Mark David
Philip David
Jonathan David
James David
Ian David
Stephen David
Edward David
Huw David

Top female forenames

Sarah David
Karen David
Helen David
Fiona David
Sharon David
Rebecca David
Susan David
Ann David
Elizabeth David
Patricia David
Deborah David
Jacqueline David
Esther David
Rachel David
Ruth David
Alison David
Claire David
Sally David
Edith David
Gillian David


  • 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.