Surname statistics for Forrest

There are approximately 17,525 people named Forrest in the UK. That makes it the 567th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 277 are named Forrest.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)17525567N/A277
United Kingdom (1881 census)77205490.026258
Change since 1881+9805-18+0.002+19
Other Countries
United States221241474N/A82


People with the surname Forrest 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 Forrest are:

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

Top male forenames

John Forrest
David Forrest
Andrew Forrest
James Forrest
Michael Forrest
Stephen Forrest
Robert Forrest
Paul Forrest
Richard Forrest
Ian Forrest
William Forrest
Peter Forrest
Mark Forrest
Stuart Forrest
Alan Forrest
Christopher Forrest
Steven Forrest
Simon Forrest
Colin Forrest
Graham Forrest

Top female forenames

Margaret Forrest
Helen Forrest
Susan Forrest
Sarah Forrest
Christine Forrest
Lesley Forrest
Jacqueline Forrest
Elizabeth Forrest
Patricia Forrest
Gillian Forrest
Ann Forrest
Alison Forrest
Anne Forrest
Jennifer Forrest
Jane Forrest
Lisa Forrest
Elaine Forrest
Linda Forrest
Samantha Forrest
Deborah Forrest


  • 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.