Surname statistics for MacFarlane

There are approximately 10,677 people named MacFarlane in the UK. That makes it the 997th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 169 are named MacFarlane.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)10677997N/A169
United Kingdom (1881 census)171325280.00657
Change since 1881+8964+1531+0.011+112
Other Countries
United States44376966N/A16

Top male forenames

Ian MacFarlane
John MacFarlane
David MacFarlane
Andrew MacFarlane
James MacFarlane
Robert MacFarlane
Neil MacFarlane
Stuart MacFarlane
Alan MacFarlane
Iain MacFarlane
Donald MacFarlane
Peter MacFarlane
William MacFarlane
Stephen MacFarlane
Bruce MacFarlane
Paul MacFarlane
George MacFarlane
Colin MacFarlane
Craig MacFarlane
Alastair MacFarlane

Top female forenames

Elizabeth MacFarlane
Fiona MacFarlane
Susan MacFarlane
Sarah MacFarlane
Nicola MacFarlane
Helen MacFarlane
Anne MacFarlane
Gillian MacFarlane
Catherine MacFarlane
Mary MacFarlane
Lesley MacFarlane
Margaret MacFarlane
Jane MacFarlane
Paula MacFarlane
Christine MacFarlane
Janet MacFarlane
Michelle MacFarlane
Emma MacFarlane
Julie MacFarlane
Pamela MacFarlane


  • 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.