Surname statistics for Key

There are approximately 7,513 people named Key in the UK. That makes it the 1,440th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 119 are named Key.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)75131440N/A119
United Kingdom (1881 census)413210990.014138
Change since 1881+3381-341-0.002-19
Other Countries
United States31882999N/A118


People with the surname Key are 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 Key are:

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

Top male forenames

David Key
Andrew Key
Stephen Key
Richard Key
Christopher Key
Paul Key
John Key
Robert Key
Matthew Key
Alan Key
Simon Key
Michael Key
Roger Key
Steven Key
Brian Key
William Key
Anthony Key
Jonathan Key
James Key
Jason Key

Top female forenames

Sarah Key
Susan Key
Karen Key
Christine Key
Jane Key
Carole Key
Alison Key
Julia Key
Fiona Key
Helen Key
Janet Key
Heather Key
Margaret Key
Caroline Key
Anne Key
Lucy Key
Lynn Key
Joanne Key
Julie Key
Sara Key


  • 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.