Surname statistics for Pedersen

There are approximately 5,030 people named Pedersen in the UK. That makes it the 2,088th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 80 are named Pedersen.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)50302088N/A80
United Kingdom (1881 census)7124641less than 0.0012
Change since 1881+4959+22553+0.008+78
Other Countries
United States195101683N/A72

Top male forenames

Martin Pedersen
Michael Pedersen
Morten Pedersen
Ole Pedersen
John Pedersen
Lars Pedersen
Trond Pedersen
Kurt Pedersen
Hans Pedersen
Thomas Pedersen
Per Pedersen
Neville Pedersen
Peter Pedersen
Tom Pedersen
Roy Pedersen
Torben Pedersen
Jonas Pedersen
Henrik Pedersen
Jan Pedersen
Nicholas Pedersen

Top female forenames

Christine Pedersen
Susan Pedersen
Lisbeth Pedersen
Heidi Pedersen
Nina Pedersen
Nanna Pedersen
Rachel Pedersen
Mette Pedersen
Mary Pedersen
Margaret Pedersen
Sara Pedersen
Kristina Pedersen
Katharine Pedersen
Birgit Pedersen
Dianna Pedersen
Gillian Pedersen
Hanne Pedersen
Jane Pedersen
Jennifer Pedersen
Judith Pedersen


  • 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.