Surname statistics for Ireland

There are approximately 14,020 people named Ireland in the UK. That makes it the 723rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 222 are named Ireland.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)14020723N/A222
United Kingdom (1881 census)69526100.023232
Change since 1881+7068-113-0.001-10
Other Countries
United States141682342N/A52


People with the surname Ireland 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 Ireland are:

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

Top male forenames

John Ireland
David Ireland
Michael Ireland
Paul Ireland
Robert Ireland
Mark Ireland
Christopher Ireland
Andrew Ireland
James Ireland
Stephen Ireland
Philip Ireland
Peter Ireland
William Ireland
Richard Ireland
Matthew Ireland
Colin Ireland
Thomas Ireland
Steven Ireland
Gary Ireland
Nicholas Ireland

Top female forenames

Jane Ireland
Susan Ireland
Sarah Ireland
Elizabeth Ireland
Jacqueline Ireland
Emma Ireland
Joanne Ireland
Tracey Ireland
Mary Ireland
Angela Ireland
Janet Ireland
Margaret Ireland
Linda Ireland
Patricia Ireland
Alison Ireland
Sheila Ireland
Dawn Ireland
Julie Ireland
Helen Ireland
Rebecca Ireland


  • 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.