Surname statistics for Lau

There are approximately 11,757 people named Lau in the UK. That makes it the 874th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 186 are named Lau.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)11757874N/A186
United Kingdom (1881 census)1462292less than 0.001N/A
Change since 1881+11743+61418+0.019
Other Countries
United States256241259N/A95

Top male forenames

Kwok Lau
Wai Lau
David Lau
Raymond Lau
Chi Lau
Alan Lau
Peter Lau
Chun Lau
Kin Lau
Kam Lau
Wing Lau
Man Lau
Michael Lau
Martin Lau
Yuk Lau
Ming Lau
Tak Lau
Richard Lau
John Lau
Paul Lau

Top female forenames

Sau Lau
Kit Lau
Jenny Lau
Sun Lau
Wendy Lau
Mei Lau
Amy Lau
Helen Lau
Kwai Lau
Susan Lau
Lin Lau
Siu Lau
Julie Lau
Lisa Lau
Man Lau
Karen Lau
Yuk Lau
Christine Lau
Candy Lau
Melissa Lau


  • 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.