Surname statistics for Clifton

There are approximately 9,420 people named Clifton in the UK. That makes it the 1,121th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 149 are named Clifton.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)94201121N/A149
United Kingdom (1881 census)423610630.014141
Change since 1881+5184-58+0.001+8
Other Countries
United States245231320N/A91


People with the surname Clifton 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 Independent.

As of the most recent set of elections, the political parties represented by politicians called Clifton are:

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

Top male forenames

Paul Clifton
John Clifton
David Clifton
Andrew Clifton
Richard Clifton
Mark Clifton
James Clifton
Stephen Clifton
Robert Clifton
Michael Clifton
Peter Clifton
Simon Clifton
Martin Clifton
Ian Clifton
Anthony Clifton
Brian Clifton
Daniel Clifton
Kevin Clifton
Neil Clifton
Christopher Clifton

Top female forenames

Sarah Clifton
Helen Clifton
Linda Clifton
Christine Clifton
Deborah Clifton
Nicola Clifton
Gillian Clifton
Julie Clifton
Sandra Clifton
Amanda Clifton
Ann Clifton
Carol Clifton
Tracy Clifton
Beryl Clifton
Elizabeth Clifton
Susan Clifton
Lucy Clifton
Mary Clifton
Sally Clifton
Valerie Clifton


  • 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.