Surname statistics for Edwards

There are approximately 174,328 people named Edwards in the UK. That makes it the 23rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 2,759 are named Edwards.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)17432823N/A2759
United Kingdom (1881 census)83464230.2792787
Change since 1881+908640-0.003-28
Other Countries
United States31707053N/A1175


People with the surname Edwards 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 Conservative.

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

  1. Conservative (20)
  2. Labour (16)
  3. Plaid Cymru (5)
  4. Independent (4)
  5. Liberal Democrat (2)
  6. Democratic Independents (1)
  7. Herefordshire Independents (1)
  8. SNP (1)
  9. Middlewich First (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Edwards
John Edwards
Paul Edwards
Michael Edwards
Mark Edwards
Peter Edwards
Robert Edwards
Stephen Edwards
Richard Edwards
Andrew Edwards
Christopher Edwards
James Edwards
Anthony Edwards
Simon Edwards
Alan Edwards
Ian Edwards
Gareth Edwards
Philip Edwards
Jonathan Edwards
William Edwards

Top female forenames

Susan Edwards
Sarah Edwards
Margaret Edwards
Karen Edwards
Helen Edwards
Christine Edwards
Julie Edwards
Jane Edwards
Patricia Edwards
Linda Edwards
Elizabeth Edwards
Jacqueline Edwards
Jennifer Edwards
Nicola Edwards
Claire Edwards
Janet Edwards
Catherine Edwards
Lisa Edwards
Ann Edwards
Gillian Edwards


  • 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.