Surname statistics for Desai

There are approximately 9,663 people named Desai in the UK. That makes it the 1,089th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 153 are named Desai.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)96631089N/A153
United Kingdom (1881 census)1364127less than 0.001N/A
Change since 1881+9662+363038+0.015
Other Countries
United States130572540N/A48


People with the surname Desai 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 Desai are:

  1. Labour (3)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

Samir Desai
Jay Desai
Amit Desai
Anil Desai
Mukesh Desai
Mohamed Desai
Chirag Desai
Paresh Desai
Mohammed Desai
Kalpesh Desai
Vijay Desai
Nimesh Desai
Rajesh Desai
Dilip Desai
Bhavesh Desai
Hemant Desai
Vimal Desai
Mehul Desai
Ketan Desai
Rakesh Desai

Top female forenames

Falguni Desai
Shital Desai
Usha Desai
Priya Desai
Chetna Desai
Rachna Desai
Parul Desai
Nina Desai
Bindi Desai
Dipti Desai
Ila Desai
Tahera Desai
Hina Desai
Sonia Desai
Khyati Desai
Shilpa Desai
Binal Desai
Nishma Desai
Amita Desai
Kinnari Desai


  • 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.