Surname statistics for Leigh

There are approximately 16,836 people named Leigh in the UK. That makes it the 600th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 266 are named Leigh.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)16836600N/A266
United Kingdom (1881 census)68916140.023230
Change since 1881+9945+14+0.004+36
Other Countries
United States97563350N/A36


People with the surname Leigh 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 Leigh are:

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

Top male forenames

David Leigh
Richard Leigh
John Leigh
Michael Leigh
Simon Leigh
Andrew Leigh
Stephen Leigh
Christopher Leigh
Peter Leigh
Mark Leigh
James Leigh
Ian Leigh
Robert Leigh
Anthony Leigh
Daniel Leigh
Martin Leigh
Steven Leigh
Alan Leigh
Brian Leigh
Paul Leigh

Top female forenames

Susan Leigh
Sarah Leigh
Jane Leigh
Jennifer Leigh
Patricia Leigh
Karen Leigh
Joanne Leigh
Christine Leigh
Elizabeth Leigh
Deborah Leigh
Joanna Leigh
Margaret Leigh
Carol Leigh
Julie Leigh
Angela Leigh
Linda Leigh
Helen Leigh
Ann Leigh
Janet Leigh
Judith Leigh


  • 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.