Surname statistics for Aitken

There are approximately 14,012 people named Aitken in the UK. That makes it the 725th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 222 are named Aitken.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)14012725N/A222
United Kingdom (1881 census)78585340.026262
Change since 1881+6154-191-0.004-40
Other Countries
United States41507403N/A15


People with the surname Aitken are slightly 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 Conservative.

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

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

Top male forenames

John Aitken
David Aitken
Robert Aitken
Andrew Aitken
James Aitken
William Aitken
Ian Aitken
Stuart Aitken
Peter Aitken
Paul Aitken
Richard Aitken
Douglas Aitken
Michael Aitken
Mark Aitken
George Aitken
Brian Aitken
Alexander Aitken
Matthew Aitken
Neil Aitken
Stephen Aitken

Top female forenames

Margaret Aitken
Elizabeth Aitken
Linda Aitken
Jane Aitken
Susan Aitken
Elaine Aitken
Helen Aitken
Janet Aitken
Louise Aitken
Joanne Aitken
Anne Aitken
Lisa Aitken
Sarah Aitken
Denise Aitken
Gillian Aitken
Catherine Aitken
Victoria Aitken
Mary Aitken
Pauline Aitken
Julie Aitken


  • 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.