Surname statistics for Fairbairn

There are approximately 4,698 people named Fairbairn in the UK. That makes it the 2,235th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 74 are named Fairbairn.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)46982235N/A74
United Kingdom (1881 census)221220160.00774
Change since 1881+2486-21900
Other Countries
United States126019775less than 0.0015


People with the surname Fairbairn 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 Fairbairn are:

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

Top male forenames

David Fairbairn
John Fairbairn
James Fairbairn
Robert Fairbairn
Ian Fairbairn
Peter Fairbairn
Andrew Fairbairn
Michael Fairbairn
Alan Fairbairn
Kenneth Fairbairn
Mark Fairbairn
Charles Fairbairn
Richard Fairbairn
Thomas Fairbairn
George Fairbairn
Christopher Fairbairn
Craig Fairbairn
Stuart Fairbairn
Iain Fairbairn
Keith Fairbairn

Top female forenames

Margaret Fairbairn
Linda Fairbairn
Elizabeth Fairbairn
Jane Fairbairn
Wendy Fairbairn
Fiona Fairbairn
Susan Fairbairn
Mary Fairbairn
Deborah Fairbairn
Sarah Fairbairn
Zoe Fairbairn
Lorna Fairbairn
Catherine Fairbairn
Patricia Fairbairn
Sherry Fairbairn
Valerie Fairbairn
Diane Fairbairn
Helen Fairbairn
Kathleen Fairbairn
Rebecca Fairbairn


  • 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.