Surname statistics for Dawson

There are approximately 56,608 people named Dawson in the UK. That makes it the 139th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 896 are named Dawson.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)56608139N/A896
United Kingdom (1881 census)33011960.1101102
Change since 1881+23597-43-0.02-206
Other Countries
United States80190355N/A297


People with the surname Dawson are slightly less 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 Dawson are:

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

Top male forenames

John Dawson
Peter Dawson
David Dawson
Andrew Dawson
Michael Dawson
Paul Dawson
James Dawson
Richard Dawson
Mark Dawson
Ian Dawson
Stephen Dawson
Christopher Dawson
Robert Dawson
Alan Dawson
Simon Dawson
William Dawson
Philip Dawson
Colin Dawson
Nicholas Dawson
Gary Dawson

Top female forenames

Susan Dawson
Sarah Dawson
Patricia Dawson
Margaret Dawson
Helen Dawson
Elizabeth Dawson
Linda Dawson
Julie Dawson
Janet Dawson
Christine Dawson
Lisa Dawson
Alison Dawson
Angela Dawson
Mary Dawson
Louise Dawson
Carol Dawson
Anne Dawson
Amanda Dawson
Michelle Dawson
Karen Dawson


  • 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.