Surname statistics for Emerson

There are approximately 5,890 people named Emerson in the UK. That makes it the 1,772nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 93 are named Emerson.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)58901772N/A93
United Kingdom (1881 census)207521330.00769
Change since 1881+3815+361+0.002+24
Other Countries
United States300281066N/A111


People with the surname Emerson are about as likely to be politicians as the average member of the population. When they do become politicians, they are most likely to be elected as Labour.

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

  1. Labour (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Emerson
David Emerson
Richard Emerson
James Emerson
Robert Emerson
Paul Emerson
Peter Emerson
Andrew Emerson
Mark Emerson
Alan Emerson
Michael Emerson
Christopher Emerson
Graham Emerson
Brian Emerson
Stephen Emerson
Daniel Emerson
George Emerson
Gary Emerson
Philip Emerson
Neil Emerson

Top female forenames

Jane Emerson
Christine Emerson
Rachel Emerson
Elaine Emerson
Barbara Emerson
Joan Emerson
Catherine Emerson
Brenda Emerson
Jacqueline Emerson
Claire Emerson
Michelle Emerson
Sandra Emerson
Pamela Emerson
Sarah Emerson
Fiona Emerson
Mary Emerson
Deborah Emerson
Elizabeth Emerson
Gaynor Emerson
Victoria Emerson


  • 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.