Surname statistics for Matthews

There are approximately 76,982 people named Matthews in the UK. That makes it the 93rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,218 are named Matthews.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)7698293N/A1218
United Kingdom (1881 census)261231230.087872
Change since 1881+50859+30+0.035+346
Other Countries
United States124839217N/A463


People with the surname Matthews 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 Matthews are:

  1. Conservative (9)
  2. Labour (6)
  3. Liberal Democrat (3)
  4. Independent (1)
  5. Resident's Association (1)
  6. Herefordshire Independents (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Matthews
Paul Matthews
John Matthews
Peter Matthews
Stephen Matthews
Michael Matthews
Andrew Matthews
Robert Matthews
Ian Matthews
Richard Matthews
Christopher Matthews
James Matthews
Simon Matthews
Alan Matthews
Steven Matthews
Mark Matthews
Anthony Matthews
Brian Matthews
William Matthews
Philip Matthews

Top female forenames

Susan Matthews
Sarah Matthews
Helen Matthews
Elizabeth Matthews
Jane Matthews
Margaret Matthews
Julie Matthews
Jacqueline Matthews
Patricia Matthews
Linda Matthews
Karen Matthews
Nicola Matthews
Sandra Matthews
Janet Matthews
Ann Matthews
Emma Matthews
Claire Matthews
Alison Matthews
Mary Matthews
Deborah Matthews


  • 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.