Surname statistics for Donald

There are approximately 11,602 people named Donald in the UK. That makes it the 894th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 184 are named Donald.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)11602894N/A184
United Kingdom (1881 census)60297320.020201
Change since 1881+5573-162-0.002-17
Other Countries
United States117632802N/A44


People with the surname Donald are 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 Liberal Democrat.

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

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

Top male forenames

James Donald
Ian Donald
Robert Donald
David Donald
John Donald
William Donald
Paul Donald
Neil Donald
Andrew Donald
Brian Donald
Alan Donald
Michael Donald
Peter Donald
Stephen Donald
Stuart Donald
Kenneth Donald
Iain Donald
Colin Donald
Mark Donald
Alexander Donald

Top female forenames

Margaret Donald
Susan Donald
Christine Donald
Linda Donald
Emma Donald
Gillian Donald
Rebecca Donald
Karen Donald
Helen Donald
Sheila Donald
Jane Donald
Claire Donald
Anne Donald
Patricia Donald
Ann Donald
Elizabeth Donald
Julia Donald
Kathleen Donald
Joanne Donald
Lynn Donald


  • 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.