Surname statistics for Finlay

There are approximately 8,892 people named Finlay in the UK. That makes it the 1,194th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 141 are named Finlay.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)88921194N/A141
United Kingdom (1881 census)307414630.010103
Change since 1881+5818+269+0.004+38
Other Countries
United States288010258N/A11


People with the surname Finlay 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 Finlay are:

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

Top male forenames

David Finlay
Andrew Finlay
John Finlay
James Finlay
William Finlay
Robert Finlay
Michael Finlay
Peter Finlay
Alan Finlay
Mark Finlay
Stephen Finlay
Ian Finlay
Richard Finlay
Paul Finlay
Neil Finlay
Simon Finlay
Gordon Finlay
Jonathan Finlay
Samuel Finlay
Colin Finlay

Top female forenames

Margaret Finlay
Linda Finlay
Sarah Finlay
Patricia Finlay
June Finlay
Janet Finlay
Catherine Finlay
Laura Finlay
Susan Finlay
Heather Finlay
Ann Finlay
Joan Finlay
Helen Finlay
Jane Finlay
Barbara Finlay
Christine Finlay
Elizabeth Finlay
Shirley Finlay
Claire Finlay
Tracey Finlay


  • 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.