Surname statistics for Cunningham

There are approximately 41,736 people named Cunningham in the UK. That makes it the 204th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 661 are named Cunningham.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)41736204N/A661
United Kingdom (1881 census)141032890.047471
Change since 1881+27633+85+0.019+190
Other Countries
United States131896198N/A489


People with the surname Cunningham 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 Labour.

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

  1. Labour (8)
  2. Conservative (5)
  3. SNP (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Cunningham
David Cunningham
Paul Cunningham
Andrew Cunningham
Michael Cunningham
James Cunningham
Peter Cunningham
Ian Cunningham
Robert Cunningham
Stephen Cunningham
Mark Cunningham
William Cunningham
Alan Cunningham
Richard Cunningham
Thomas Cunningham
Philip Cunningham
Patrick Cunningham
Christopher Cunningham
Neil Cunningham
Steven Cunningham

Top female forenames

Susan Cunningham
Margaret Cunningham
Elizabeth Cunningham
Anne Cunningham
Julie Cunningham
Karen Cunningham
Jane Cunningham
Patricia Cunningham
Jacqueline Cunningham
Mary Cunningham
Helen Cunningham
Christine Cunningham
Sarah Cunningham
Fiona Cunningham
Claire Cunningham
Catherine Cunningham
Elaine Cunningham
Emma Cunningham
Linda Cunningham
Sandra Cunningham


  • 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.