Surname statistics for Finlayson

There are approximately 4,803 people named Finlayson in the UK. That makes it the 2,181th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 76 are named Finlayson.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)48032181N/A76
United Kingdom (1881 census)345013270.012115
Change since 1881+1353-854-0.004-39
Other Countries
United States228212475N/A8


People with the surname Finlayson 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 Finlayson are:

  1. Independent (1)
  2. Independent Alliance (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Finlayson
David Finlayson
James Finlayson
Stuart Finlayson
Paul Finlayson
Donald Finlayson
Ian Finlayson
Andrew Finlayson
Iain Finlayson
George Finlayson
Alan Finlayson
William Finlayson
Michael Finlayson
Brian Finlayson
Neil Finlayson
Kenneth Finlayson
Duncan Finlayson
Peter Finlayson
Robert Finlayson
Thomas Finlayson

Top female forenames

Karen Finlayson
Patricia Finlayson
Janet Finlayson
Anne Finlayson
Catherine Finlayson
Sarah Finlayson
Elizabeth Finlayson
Jennifer Finlayson
Louise Finlayson
Michelle Finlayson
Jane Finlayson
Isobel Finlayson
Christine Finlayson
Linda Finlayson
Katherine Finlayson
Jacqueline Finlayson
Helen Finlayson
Valerie Finlayson
Audrey Finlayson
Sheena Finlayson


  • 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.