Surname statistics for Campbell

There are approximately 123,164 people named Campbell in the UK. That makes it the 54th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,949 are named Campbell.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)12316454N/A1949
United Kingdom (1881 census)50681550.1691692
Change since 1881+72483+1+0.026+257
Other Countries
United States37195343N/A1379


People with the surname Campbell 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 Campbell are:

  1. Labour (19)
  2. Conservative (11)
  3. SNP (7)
  4. Independent (4)
  5. Liberal Democrat (3)
  6. Plaid Cymru (1)
  7. Non Aligned (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Campbell
David Campbell
James Campbell
Ian Campbell
Colin Campbell
Robert Campbell
Andrew Campbell
Paul Campbell
William Campbell
Michael Campbell
Peter Campbell
Mark Campbell
Neil Campbell
Stuart Campbell
Alan Campbell
Stephen Campbell
Iain Campbell
Donald Campbell
Richard Campbell
Christopher Campbell

Top female forenames

Mary Campbell
Susan Campbell
Fiona Campbell
Elizabeth Campbell
Margaret Campbell
Sarah Campbell
Anne Campbell
Jacqueline Campbell
Karen Campbell
Helen Campbell
Christine Campbell
Patricia Campbell
Catherine Campbell
Nicola Campbell
Alison Campbell
Linda Campbell
Janet Campbell
Julie Campbell
Jane Campbell
Deborah Campbell


  • 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.