Surname statistics for Roberts

There are approximately 206,093 people named Roberts in the UK. That makes it the 12nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 3,262 are named Roberts.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)20609312N/A3262
United Kingdom (1881 census)112666100.3763762
Change since 1881+93427-2-0.05-500
Other Countries
United States36621545N/A1358


People with the surname Roberts are slightly more 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 Roberts are:

  1. Conservative (29)
  2. Labour (22)
  3. Liberal Democrat (11)
  4. Plaid Cymru (8)
  5. Independent (5)
  6. SNP (2)
  7. Democratic Independents (2)
  8. UKIP (1)
  9. Non Aligned (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Roberts
John Roberts
Paul Roberts
Michael Roberts
Mark Roberts
Peter Roberts
Andrew Roberts
Stephen Roberts
Christopher Roberts
Ian Roberts
James Roberts
Richard Roberts
William Roberts
Simon Roberts
Anthony Roberts
Alan Roberts
Gareth Roberts
Martin Roberts
Philip Roberts
Brian Roberts

Top female forenames

Susan Roberts
Sarah Roberts
Helen Roberts
Margaret Roberts
Jane Roberts
Karen Roberts
Patricia Roberts
Julie Roberts
Linda Roberts
Elizabeth Roberts
Christine Roberts
Ann Roberts
Janet Roberts
Anne Roberts
Alison Roberts
Jennifer Roberts
Joanne Roberts
Jacqueline Roberts
Nicola Roberts
Angela Roberts


  • 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.