Surname statistics for Whitehead

There are approximately 31,894 people named Whitehead in the UK. That makes it the 292nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 505 are named Whitehead.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)31894292N/A505
United Kingdom (1881 census)202411840.068676
Change since 1881+11653-108-0.018-171
Other Countries
United States43310721N/A160


People with the surname Whitehead are slightly 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 Conservative.

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

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

Top male forenames

John Whitehead
David Whitehead
Peter Whitehead
Paul Whitehead
Michael Whitehead
Andrew Whitehead
Mark Whitehead
Ian Whitehead
Richard Whitehead
Simon Whitehead
Christopher Whitehead
Anthony Whitehead
Alan Whitehead
Stephen Whitehead
James Whitehead
Philip Whitehead
Robert Whitehead
Brian Whitehead
Daniel Whitehead
Colin Whitehead

Top female forenames

Susan Whitehead
Sarah Whitehead
Louise Whitehead
Karen Whitehead
Elizabeth Whitehead
Margaret Whitehead
Mary Whitehead
Claire Whitehead
Jacqueline Whitehead
Joanne Whitehead
Julie Whitehead
Helen Whitehead
Alison Whitehead
Anne Whitehead
Linda Whitehead
Christine Whitehead
Patricia Whitehead
Carol Whitehead
Michelle Whitehead
Janet Whitehead


  • 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.