Surname statistics for Merchant

There are approximately 4,357 people named Merchant in the UK. That makes it the 2,402nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 69 are named Merchant.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)43572402N/A69
United Kingdom (1881 census)201421900.00767
Change since 1881+2343-2120+2
Other Countries
United States134212465N/A50

Top male forenames

David Merchant
Peter Merchant
Stephen Merchant
John Merchant
Paul Merchant
Kevin Merchant
Andrew Merchant
Simon Merchant
Ian Merchant
Christopher Merchant
Michael Merchant
Jason Merchant
Roy Merchant
Nazir Merchant
Nigel Merchant
Gary Merchant
Tony Merchant
Steve Merchant
Imran Merchant
Charles Merchant

Top female forenames

Susan Merchant
Christine Merchant
Alison Merchant
Gillian Merchant
Shannon Merchant
Pauline Merchant
Sandra Merchant
Wendy Merchant
Melanie Merchant
Dorothy Merchant
Helen Merchant
Jane Merchant
Emma Merchant
Karen Merchant
Caroline Merchant
Kerry Merchant
Jayne Merchant
Chantal Merchant
Amanda Merchant
Elizabeth Merchant


  • 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.