Surname statistics for Sullivan

There are approximately 36,454 people named Sullivan in the UK. That makes it the 248th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 577 are named Sullivan.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)36454248N/A577
United Kingdom (1881 census)125843360.042420
Change since 1881+23870+88+0.016+157
Other Countries
United States21564092N/A799


People with the surname Sullivan 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 Sullivan are:

  1. Conservative (6)
  2. Labour (5)
  3. Liberal Democrat (1)
  4. Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Sullivan
Michael Sullivan
Paul Sullivan
David Sullivan
James Sullivan
Peter Sullivan
Mark Sullivan
Stephen Sullivan
Andrew Sullivan
Daniel Sullivan
Kevin Sullivan
Richard Sullivan
Patrick Sullivan
Anthony Sullivan
Christopher Sullivan
Robert Sullivan
Brian Sullivan
Gary Sullivan
Martin Sullivan
Thomas Sullivan

Top female forenames

Susan Sullivan
Patricia Sullivan
Catherine Sullivan
Elizabeth Sullivan
Mary Sullivan
Margaret Sullivan
Helen Sullivan
Jane Sullivan
Karen Sullivan
Sarah Sullivan
Christine Sullivan
Linda Sullivan
Janet Sullivan
Michelle Sullivan
Joanne Sullivan
Nicola Sullivan
Pauline Sullivan
Claire Sullivan
Maureen Sullivan
Ann Sullivan


  • 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.