Surname statistics for Herring

There are approximately 5,095 people named Herring in the UK. That makes it the 2,065th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 81 are named Herring.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)50952065N/A81
United Kingdom (1881 census)307114660.010103
Change since 1881+2024-599-0.002-22
Other Countries
United States37353841N/A138


People with the surname Herring 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 Conservative.

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

  1. Conservative (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Herring
Paul Herring
John Herring
Peter Herring
Michael Herring
Richard Herring
Mark Herring
Stephen Herring
Malcolm Herring
Simon Herring
Timothy Herring
Steven Herring
Andrew Herring
Christopher Herring
Graham Herring
Kevin Herring
Matthew Herring
Keith Herring
Robert Herring
Alan Herring

Top female forenames

Elizabeth Herring
Emma Herring
Mandy Herring
Susan Herring
Philippa Herring
Pauline Herring
Nicola Herring
Sarah Herring
Lisa Herring
Ruth Herring
Lucy Herring
Linda Herring
Caroline Herring
Ann Herring
Jane Herring
Claire Herring
Anne Herring
Laura Herring
Suzanne Herring
Barbara Herring


  • 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.