Surname statistics for Watkins

There are approximately 37,615 people named Watkins in the UK. That makes it the 236th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 595 are named Watkins.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)37615236N/A595
United Kingdom (1881 census)181482070.061606
Change since 1881+19467-29-0.001-11
Other Countries
United States122447222N/A454


People with the surname Watkins are less likely to be politicians than the average member of the population. When they do become politicians, they are most likely to be elected as Labour.

As of the most recent set of elections, the political parties represented by politicians called Watkins are:

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

Top male forenames

David Watkins
John Watkins
Paul Watkins
Michael Watkins
Richard Watkins
Stephen Watkins
Andrew Watkins
Robert Watkins
Mark Watkins
Christopher Watkins
Alan Watkins
Ian Watkins
Peter Watkins
James Watkins
Philip Watkins
Simon Watkins
Nicholas Watkins
Anthony Watkins
Brian Watkins
Gary Watkins

Top female forenames

Susan Watkins
Sarah Watkins
Jane Watkins
Karen Watkins
Mary Watkins
Helen Watkins
Emma Watkins
Deborah Watkins
Christine Watkins
Gillian Watkins
Patricia Watkins
Carol Watkins
Julie Watkins
Angela Watkins
Elizabeth Watkins
Margaret Watkins
Janet Watkins
Janice Watkins
Sally Watkins
Rachel Watkins


  • 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.