Surname statistics for Whyte

There are approximately 15,189 people named Whyte in the UK. That makes it the 663rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 240 are named Whyte.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)15189663N/A240
United Kingdom (1881 census)50788770.017170
Change since 1881+10111+214+0.007+70
Other Countries
United States62985112N/A23


People with the surname Whyte are about as likely to be politicians as 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 Whyte are:

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

Top male forenames

David Whyte
John Whyte
James Whyte
Ian Whyte
William Whyte
Andrew Whyte
Robert Whyte
Stephen Whyte
Alan Whyte
Peter Whyte
Richard Whyte
Paul Whyte
Brian Whyte
Christopher Whyte
Thomas Whyte
Gordon Whyte
Iain Whyte
Michael Whyte
Kevin Whyte
Alistair Whyte

Top female forenames

Margaret Whyte
Elizabeth Whyte
Jennifer Whyte
Linda Whyte
Patricia Whyte
Louise Whyte
Susan Whyte
Angela Whyte
Helen Whyte
Anne Whyte
Jane Whyte
Nicola Whyte
Julie Whyte
Karen Whyte
Sarah Whyte
Christine Whyte
Pauline Whyte
Catherine Whyte
Janet Whyte
Kathleen Whyte


  • 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.