Surname statistics for East

There are approximately 9,850 people named East in the UK. That makes it the 1,073rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 156 are named East.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)98501073N/A156
United Kingdom (1881 census)46579580.016156
Change since 1881+5193-11500
Other Countries
United States123572684N/A46


People with the surname East are 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 East are:

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

Top male forenames

David East
John East
Paul East
Christopher East
Richard East
Michael East
Andrew East
Mark East
Matthew East
Stephen East
Simon East
James East
Stuart East
Peter East
Robert East
Raymond East
Nicholas East
Kevin East
Charles East
Philip East

Top female forenames

Julie East
Susan East
Rebecca East
Sarah East
Karen East
Linda East
Jacqueline East
Judith East
Joanne East
Deborah East
Lynn East
Alison East
Pamela East
Michelle East
Diana East
Elizabeth East
Patricia East
Gillian East
Angela East
Barbara East


  • 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.