Surname statistics for Carpenter

There are approximately 21,371 people named Carpenter in the UK. That makes it the 471th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 338 are named Carpenter.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)21371471N/A338
United Kingdom (1881 census)102724200.034343
Change since 1881+11099-510-5
Other Countries
United States127073211N/A471


People with the surname Carpenter 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 Carpenter are:

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

Top male forenames

David Carpenter
John Carpenter
Paul Carpenter
Michael Carpenter
Richard Carpenter
Andrew Carpenter
Stephen Carpenter
Peter Carpenter
James Carpenter
Ian Carpenter
Neil Carpenter
Mark Carpenter
Robert Carpenter
Brian Carpenter
Anthony Carpenter
Simon Carpenter
Philip Carpenter
Matthew Carpenter
Christopher Carpenter
Nicholas Carpenter

Top female forenames

Susan Carpenter
Jane Carpenter
Julie Carpenter
Claire Carpenter
Karen Carpenter
Patricia Carpenter
Sarah Carpenter
Lisa Carpenter
Helen Carpenter
Christine Carpenter
Linda Carpenter
Tracy Carpenter
Sandra Carpenter
Valerie Carpenter
Sharon Carpenter
Victoria Carpenter
Janet Carpenter
Pamela Carpenter
Elizabeth Carpenter
Gillian Carpenter


  • 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.