Surname statistics for Harper

There are approximately 42,475 people named Harper in the UK. That makes it the 199th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 672 are named Harper.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)42475199N/A672
United Kingdom (1881 census)191731960.064640
Change since 1881+23302-3+0.003+32
Other Countries
United States119868226N/A444


People with the surname Harper are 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 Harper are:

  1. Conservative (4)
  2. Labour (2)
  3. Ratepayer (1)
  4. Tattenhams Resident's Association (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Harper
John Harper
Paul Harper
Michael Harper
Robert Harper
Andrew Harper
James Harper
Stephen Harper
Peter Harper
Ian Harper
Richard Harper
Mark Harper
Christopher Harper
Alan Harper
Simon Harper
Philip Harper
Lee Harper
Graham Harper
Neil Harper
Kevin Harper

Top female forenames

Susan Harper
Margaret Harper
Linda Harper
Sarah Harper
Alison Harper
Helen Harper
Patricia Harper
Janet Harper
Julie Harper
Christine Harper
Claire Harper
Gillian Harper
Jane Harper
Karen Harper
Carol Harper
Jennifer Harper
Elizabeth Harper
Anne Harper
Nicola Harper
Deborah Harper


  • 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.