Surname statistics for Gifford

There are approximately 4,957 people named Gifford in the UK. That makes it the 2,118th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 78 are named Gifford.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)49572118N/A78
United Kingdom (1881 census)260417210.00987
Change since 1881+2353-397-0.001-9
Other Countries
United States191711716N/A71


People with the surname Gifford are 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 Liberal Democrat.

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

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

Top male forenames

Andrew Gifford
David Gifford
Paul Gifford
James Gifford
John Gifford
Michael Gifford
Mark Gifford
Richard Gifford
Alan Gifford
Adrian Gifford
Christopher Gifford
Robert Gifford
Ian Gifford
Philip Gifford
Roger Gifford
Peter Gifford
Steven Gifford
Graham Gifford
Derek Gifford
Stephen Gifford

Top female forenames

Christine Gifford
Anne Gifford
Nicola Gifford
Joanne Gifford
Mary Gifford
Elizabeth Gifford
Jane Gifford
Beth Gifford
Heather Gifford
Caroline Gifford
Gail Gifford
Jacqueline Gifford
Amanda Gifford
Alison Gifford
Patricia Gifford
Janet Gifford
Catherine Gifford
Sarah Gifford
Karen Gifford
Linda Gifford


  • 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.