Surname statistics for Donaldson

There are approximately 18,418 people named Donaldson in the UK. That makes it the 544th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 292 are named Donaldson.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)18418544N/A292
United Kingdom (1881 census)85414950.029285
Change since 1881+9877-490+7
Other Countries
United States35387897N/A131


People with the surname Donaldson 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 Conservative.

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

  1. Conservative (6)
  2. Labour (1)
  3. Molesey Resident's Assocication (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Donaldson
Andrew Donaldson
James Donaldson
Robert Donaldson
Ian Donaldson
David Donaldson
William Donaldson
Paul Donaldson
Peter Donaldson
Mark Donaldson
Michael Donaldson
Colin Donaldson
Brian Donaldson
Alan Donaldson
Neil Donaldson
George Donaldson
Craig Donaldson
Thomas Donaldson
Kenneth Donaldson
Graham Donaldson

Top female forenames

Margaret Donaldson
Susan Donaldson
Janet Donaldson
Fiona Donaldson
Anne Donaldson
Karen Donaldson
Jane Donaldson
Elaine Donaldson
Linda Donaldson
Sarah Donaldson
Christine Donaldson
Lesley Donaldson
Mary Donaldson
Pauline Donaldson
Gillian Donaldson
Alison Donaldson
Joanne Donaldson
Caroline Donaldson
Jacqueline Donaldson
Jennifer Donaldson


  • 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.