Surname statistics for Arnold

There are approximately 36,819 people named Arnold in the UK. That makes it the 245th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 583 are named Arnold.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)36819245N/A583
United Kingdom (1881 census)161442440.054539
Change since 1881+20675-1+0.004+44
Other Countries
United States136315187N/A505


People with the surname Arnold 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 Arnold are:

  1. Conservative (8)
  2. Labour (3)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Arnold
John Arnold
Peter Arnold
Paul Arnold
Michael Arnold
Richard Arnold
Mark Arnold
Christopher Arnold
Stephen Arnold
Robert Arnold
James Arnold
Matthew Arnold
Andrew Arnold
Philip Arnold
Anthony Arnold
Simon Arnold
William Arnold
Graham Arnold
Timothy Arnold
Steven Arnold

Top female forenames

Susan Arnold
Sarah Arnold
Elizabeth Arnold
Julie Arnold
Christine Arnold
Margaret Arnold
Patricia Arnold
Jacqueline Arnold
Angela Arnold
Linda Arnold
Jane Arnold
Karen Arnold
Amanda Arnold
Joanne Arnold
Catherine Arnold
Nicola Arnold
Wendy Arnold
Janet Arnold
Barbara Arnold
Lisa Arnold


  • 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.