Surname statistics for Douglas

There are approximately 40,746 people named Douglas in the UK. That makes it the 209th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 645 are named Douglas.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)40746209N/A645
United Kingdom (1881 census)145082780.048484
Change since 1881+26238+69+0.016+161
Other Countries
United States96425286N/A357


People with the surname Douglas 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 Douglas are:

  1. Labour (6)
  2. Conservative (2)
  3. SNP (2)
  4. Liberal Democrat (1)
  5. Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Douglas
James Douglas
Ian Douglas
Michael Douglas
Paul Douglas
Andrew Douglas
Robert Douglas
David Douglas
William Douglas
Mark Douglas
Alan Douglas
Stephen Douglas
Anthony Douglas
Peter Douglas
Richard Douglas
Stuart Douglas
Craig Douglas
Christopher Douglas
Neil Douglas
Keith Douglas

Top female forenames

Susan Douglas
Patricia Douglas
Sarah Douglas
Karen Douglas
Margaret Douglas
Mary Douglas
Elizabeth Douglas
Catherine Douglas
Linda Douglas
Anne Douglas
Angela Douglas
Sharon Douglas
Carol Douglas
Jennifer Douglas
Sandra Douglas
Gillian Douglas
Fiona Douglas
Julie Douglas
Emma Douglas
Jane Douglas


  • 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.