Surname statistics for Forster

There are approximately 19,286 people named Forster in the UK. That makes it the 525th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 305 are named Forster.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)19286525N/A305
United Kingdom (1881 census)98204370.033328
Change since 1881+9466-88-0.002-23
Other Countries
United States90333615N/A34


People with the surname Forster 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 Labour.

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

  1. Labour (2)
  2. Liberal Democrat (1)
  3. Non Aligned (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Forster
John Forster
Michael Forster
Andrew Forster
Robert Forster
Paul Forster
Stephen Forster
Simon Forster
Peter Forster
Richard Forster
Ian Forster
Mark Forster
James Forster
Thomas Forster
Keith Forster
Anthony Forster
Martin Forster
Steven Forster
Gary Forster
Christopher Forster

Top female forenames

Susan Forster
Sarah Forster
Margaret Forster
Claire Forster
Julie Forster
Karen Forster
Jane Forster
Deborah Forster
Patricia Forster
Christine Forster
Helen Forster
Anne Forster
Janet Forster
Judith Forster
Angela Forster
Linda Forster
Gillian Forster
Sharon Forster
Lisa Forster
Joanne Forster


  • 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.