Surname statistics for Gray

There are approximately 101,103 people named Gray in the UK. That makes it the 69th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,600 are named Gray.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)10110369N/A1600
United Kingdom (1881 census)42755710.1431428
Change since 1881+58348+2+0.017+172
Other Countries
United States23671379N/A878


People with the surname Gray are slightly 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 Gray are:

  1. Conservative (11)
  2. Labour (8)
  3. Liberal Democrat (6)
  4. Independent (2)
  5. SNP (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

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

Top female forenames

Susan Gray
Margaret Gray
Sarah Gray
Linda Gray
Elizabeth Gray
Jane Gray
Julie Gray
Helen Gray
Patricia Gray
Karen Gray
Mary Gray
Jacqueline Gray
Christine Gray
Jennifer Gray
Alison Gray
Catherine Gray
Nicola Gray
Anne Gray
Claire Gray
Gillian Gray


  • 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.