Surname statistics for Atherton

There are approximately 11,408 people named Atherton in the UK. That makes it the 917th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 181 are named Atherton.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)11408917N/A181
United Kingdom (1881 census)53838290.018180
Change since 1881+6025-880+1
Other Countries
United States64355000N/A24


People with the surname Atherton 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 Labour.

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

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

Top male forenames

John Atherton
David Atherton
Paul Atherton
Michael Atherton
Peter Atherton
Mark Atherton
Richard Atherton
Philip Atherton
Andrew Atherton
Stephen Atherton
Simon Atherton
Robert Atherton
James Atherton
Steven Atherton
Thomas Atherton
William Atherton
Neil Atherton
Christopher Atherton
Brian Atherton
Ian Atherton

Top female forenames

Margaret Atherton
Susan Atherton
Jane Atherton
Sarah Atherton
Barbara Atherton
Linda Atherton
Helen Atherton
Jennifer Atherton
Rachel Atherton
Gillian Atherton
Emma Atherton
Julie Atherton
Joan Atherton
Sharon Atherton
Claire Atherton
Kathleen Atherton
Mary Atherton
Maria Atherton
Andrea Atherton
Alison Atherton


  • 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.