Surname statistics for Wang

There are approximately 32,454 people named Wang in the UK. That makes it the 287th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 514 are named Wang.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)32454287N/A514
United Kingdom (1881 census)8103367less than 0.001N/A
Change since 1881+32446+103080+0.051
Other Countries
United States67570438N/A250

Top male forenames

Wei Wang
Jian Wang
Jing Wang
Lei Wang
Yong Wang
Xiao Wang
Yu Wang
Peng Wang
Zheng Wang
Tao Wang
Xin Wang
Yi Wang
Qiang Wang
Feng Wang
Bin Wang
Kai Wang
Hai Wang
Zhi Wang
Yang Wang
Ping Wang

Top female forenames

Mei Wang
Jun Wang
Qi Wang
Rui Wang
Lin Wang
Jing Wang
Ying Wang
Fang Wang
Wei Wang
Yan Wang
Li Wang
Yi Wang
Xiao Wang
Qin Wang
Lu Wang
Xin Wang
Qian Wang
Lei Wang
Hui Wang
Ting Wang


  • 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.