Surname statistics for Khan

There are approximately 173,550 people named Khan in the UK. That makes it the 24th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 2,747 are named Khan.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)17355024N/A2747
United Kingdom (1881 census)3735963less than 0.0011
Change since 1881+173513+35939+0.275+2746
Other Countries
United States46713665N/A173


People with the surname Khan are slightly 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 Labour.

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

  1. Labour (37)
  2. Liberal Democrat (3)
  3. Independent (3)
  4. Plaid Cymru (1)
  5. Respect Party (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

Mohammed Khan
Muhammad Khan
Mohammad Khan
Imran Khan
Abdul Khan
Asif Khan
Ali Khan
Raja Khan
Tariq Khan
Shahid Khan
Khalid Khan
Amir Khan
Amjad Khan
Ahmed Khan
Kamran Khan
Mohamed Khan
Majid Khan
Nadeem Khan
Sajid Khan
Faisal Khan

Top female forenames

Shazia Khan
Yasmin Khan
Samina Khan
Aisha Khan
Farah Khan
Saima Khan
Nazia Khan
Farzana Khan
Nadia Khan
Ayesha Khan
Saira Khan
Sadia Khan
Tahira Khan
Sarah Khan
Asma Khan
Shabnam Khan
Bushra Khan
Sofia Khan
Shaheen Khan
Nasreen Khan


  • 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.