Surname statistics for Lee

There are approximately 147,229 people named Lee in the UK. That makes it the 37th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 2,330 are named Lee.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)14722937N/A2330
United Kingdom (1881 census)48943610.1631634
Change since 1881+98286+24+0.07+696
Other Countries
United States60586022N/A2246


People with the surname Lee 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 Conservative.

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

  1. Conservative (14)
  2. Labour (9)
  3. Liberal Democrat (4)
  4. Independent (2)
  5. SNP (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Lee
John Lee
Michael Lee
Andrew Lee
Richard Lee
Peter Lee
Robert Lee
Christopher Lee
Stephen Lee
Simon Lee
Mark Lee
James Lee
Paul Lee
Jonathan Lee
Anthony Lee
Martin Lee
William Lee
Kevin Lee
Philip Lee
Brian Lee

Top female forenames

Susan Lee
Sarah Lee
Janet Lee
Karen Lee
Jennifer Lee
Helen Lee
Christine Lee
Margaret Lee
Linda Lee
Elizabeth Lee
Ann Lee
Patricia Lee
Catherine Lee
Mary Lee
Carol Lee
Jane Lee
Julie Lee
Gillian Lee
Angela Lee
Lisa Lee


  • 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.