Surname statistics for Callaghan

There are approximately 15,091 people named Callaghan in the UK. That makes it the 669th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 239 are named Callaghan.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)15091669N/A239
United Kingdom (1881 census)339113450.011113
Change since 1881+11700+676+0.013+126
Other Countries
United States58835440N/A22


People with the surname Callaghan are slightly more 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 Callaghan are:

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

Top male forenames

John Callaghan
Paul Callaghan
Michael Callaghan
David Callaghan
James Callaghan
Peter Callaghan
Stephen Callaghan
Andrew Callaghan
Patrick Callaghan
Thomas Callaghan
Ian Callaghan
Anthony Callaghan
Kevin Callaghan
Robert Callaghan
Daniel Callaghan
Brian Callaghan
Martin Callaghan
Mark Callaghan
William Callaghan
Sean Callaghan

Top female forenames

Margaret Callaghan
Susan Callaghan
Elizabeth Callaghan
Karen Callaghan
Anne Callaghan
Julie Callaghan
Jane Callaghan
Sandra Callaghan
Mary Callaghan
Patricia Callaghan
Joanne Callaghan
Sarah Callaghan
Catherine Callaghan
Deborah Callaghan
Sharon Callaghan
Emma Callaghan
Marie Callaghan
Rachel Callaghan
Helen Callaghan
Teresa Callaghan


  • 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.