Surname statistics for Hamilton

There are approximately 64,365 people named Hamilton in the UK. That makes it the 119th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,019 are named Hamilton.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)64365119N/A1019
United Kingdom (1881 census)224661530.075750
Change since 1881+41899+34+0.027+269
Other Countries
United States194331107N/A720


People with the surname Hamilton 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 Hamilton are:

  1. Labour (16)
  2. Conservative (4)
  3. Liberal Democrat (4)
  4. SNP (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Hamilton
David Hamilton
James Hamilton
Ian Hamilton
Robert Hamilton
Andrew Hamilton
Paul Hamilton
Mark Hamilton
William Hamilton
Michael Hamilton
Peter Hamilton
Stephen Hamilton
Richard Hamilton
Brian Hamilton
Thomas Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
Alan Hamilton
Stuart Hamilton
Neil Hamilton
Christopher Hamilton

Top female forenames

Margaret Hamilton
Susan Hamilton
Elizabeth Hamilton
Sarah Hamilton
Anne Hamilton
Julie Hamilton
Jane Hamilton
Mary Hamilton
Christine Hamilton
Catherine Hamilton
Linda Hamilton
Angela Hamilton
Gillian Hamilton
Karen Hamilton
Jennifer Hamilton
Jacqueline Hamilton
Helen Hamilton
Deborah Hamilton
Claire Hamilton
Nicola Hamilton


  • 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.