Surname statistics for Graham

There are approximately 88,316 people named Graham in the UK. That makes it the 79th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,398 are named Graham.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)8831679N/A1398
United Kingdom (1881 census)34384940.1151148
Change since 1881+53932+15+0.025+250
Other Countries
United States194074108N/A719


People with the surname Graham 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 Graham are:

  1. Labour (15)
  2. Conservative (14)
  3. Liberal Democrat (4)
  4. Independent (2)
  5. Plaid Cymru (1)
  6. Non-Aligned (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Graham
David Graham
Robert Graham
Paul Graham
James Graham
Andrew Graham
Michael Graham
Peter Graham
Ian Graham
Stephen Graham
William Graham
Richard Graham
Mark Graham
Alan Graham
Thomas Graham
Stuart Graham
Christopher Graham
Anthony Graham
Colin Graham
Steven Graham

Top female forenames

Susan Graham
Margaret Graham
Elizabeth Graham
Alison Graham
Helen Graham
Sarah Graham
Linda Graham
Mary Graham
Karen Graham
Julie Graham
Jennifer Graham
Patricia Graham
Angela Graham
Jane Graham
Jacqueline Graham
Gillian Graham
Barbara Graham
Sharon Graham
Sandra Graham
Christine Graham


  • 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.