Surname statistics for Watson

There are approximately 134,750 people named Watson in the UK. That makes it the 44th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 2,133 are named Watson.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)13475044N/A2133
United Kingdom (1881 census)69469310.2322320
Change since 1881+65281-13-0.019-187
Other Countries
United States24243276N/A899


People with the surname Watson 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 Watson are:

  1. Conservative (20)
  2. Labour (18)
  3. Liberal Democrat (4)
  4. Independent (3)
  5. Canvey Island Independents (2)
  6. SNP (1)
  7. Sleaford Independent (1)
  8. Conservative Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Watson
John Watson
Andrew Watson
Michael Watson
Paul Watson
James Watson
Peter Watson
Robert Watson
Mark Watson
Ian Watson
Stephen Watson
Richard Watson
William Watson
Christopher Watson
Gary Watson
Alan Watson
Anthony Watson
Brian Watson
Neil Watson
Stuart Watson

Top female forenames

Susan Watson
Margaret Watson
Patricia Watson
Elizabeth Watson
Julie Watson
Sarah Watson
Linda Watson
Jacqueline Watson
Karen Watson
Jane Watson
Claire Watson
Anne Watson
Angela Watson
Helen Watson
Christine Watson
Jennifer Watson
Janet Watson
Caroline Watson
Carol Watson
Mary Watson


  • 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.