Surname statistics for Gibson

There are approximately 71,935 people named Gibson in the UK. That makes it the 103rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,139 are named Gibson.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)71935103N/A1139
United Kingdom (1881 census)36352860.1211214
Change since 1881+35583-17-0.007-75
Other Countries
United States184420119N/A684


People with the surname Gibson 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 Labour.

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

  1. Labour (14)
  2. Conservative (7)
  3. SNP (4)
  4. Liberal Democrat (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Gibson
John Gibson
Andrew Gibson
Paul Gibson
Peter Gibson
Michael Gibson
Robert Gibson
Ian Gibson
Mark Gibson
James Gibson
Stephen Gibson
William Gibson
Alan Gibson
Richard Gibson
Christopher Gibson
Anthony Gibson
Colin Gibson
Stuart Gibson
Martin Gibson
Brian Gibson

Top female forenames

Susan Gibson
Elizabeth Gibson
Sarah Gibson
Margaret Gibson
Jane Gibson
Julie Gibson
Janet Gibson
Patricia Gibson
Karen Gibson
Linda Gibson
Catherine Gibson
Joanne Gibson
Helen Gibson
Christine Gibson
Sharon Gibson
Anne Gibson
Jennifer Gibson
Nicola Gibson
Mary Gibson
Alison Gibson


  • 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.