Surname statistics for Davidson

There are approximately 51,935 people named Davidson in the UK. That makes it the 151th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 822 are named Davidson.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)51935151N/A822
United Kingdom (1881 census)251791300.084841
Change since 1881+26756-21-0.002-19
Other Countries
United States102044269N/A378


People with the surname Davidson 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 Davidson are:

  1. Labour (9)
  2. Liberal Democrat (5)
  3. Conservative (3)
  4. Independent (2)
  5. SNP (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Davidson
Andrew Davidson
Ian Davidson
James Davidson
Paul Davidson
Michael Davidson
Robert Davidson
William Davidson
Alan Davidson
Peter Davidson
Mark Davidson
Neil Davidson
David Davidson
Christopher Davidson
Colin Davidson
Stephen Davidson
George Davidson
Richard Davidson
Alexander Davidson
Stuart Davidson

Top female forenames

Margaret Davidson
Susan Davidson
Elizabeth Davidson
Fiona Davidson
Sarah Davidson
Anne Davidson
Karen Davidson
Patricia Davidson
Linda Davidson
Jane Davidson
Jennifer Davidson
Julie Davidson
Lisa Davidson
Mary Davidson
Helen Davidson
Carol Davidson
Jacqueline Davidson
Sharon Davidson
Alison Davidson
Angela Davidson


  • 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.