Surname statistics for French

There are approximately 34,166 people named French in the UK. That makes it the 272nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 541 are named French.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)34166272N/A541
United Kingdom (1881 census)146212760.049488
Change since 1881+19545+4+0.005+53
Other Countries
United States63149473N/A234


People with the surname French are 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 Conservative.

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

  1. Conservative (5)
  2. Liberal Democrat (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John French
David French
Peter French
Paul French
Michael French
Robert French
Andrew French
Mark French
Martin French
James French
Stephen French
Christopher French
Richard French
Ian French
Anthony French
Jonathan French
Nicholas French
Alan French
Thomas French
Colin French

Top female forenames

Susan French
Linda French
Jane French
Elizabeth French
Julie French
Sarah French
Christine French
Patricia French
Barbara French
Louise French
Karen French
Angela French
Wendy French
Ann French
Janet French
Lisa French
Jacqueline French
Helen French
Gillian French
Jennifer French


  • 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.