Surname statistics for Elder

There are approximately 6,207 people named Elder in the UK. That makes it the 1,694th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 98 are named Elder.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)62071694N/A98
United Kingdom (1881 census)316314240.011106
Change since 1881+3044-270-0.001-8
Other Countries
United States287831118N/A107


People with the surname Elder 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 SNP.

More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

James Elder
David Elder
John Elder
Ian Elder
Mark Elder
Richard Elder
Andrew Elder
Stephen Elder
Alexander Elder
George Elder
Robert Elder
William Elder
Steven Elder
Thomas Elder
Michael Elder
Benjamin Elder
Paul Elder
Alan Elder
Colin Elder
Brian Elder

Top female forenames

Margaret Elder
Elizabeth Elder
Fiona Elder
Karen Elder
Caroline Elder
Irene Elder
Marion Elder
Kathleen Elder
Susan Elder
Julie Elder
Philippa Elder
Denise Elder
Mary Elder
Carolyn Elder
Catherine Elder
Elaine Elder
Audrey Elder
Wendy Elder
Patricia Elder
Louise Elder


  • 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.