Surname statistics for Lindsay

There are approximately 22,710 people named Lindsay in the UK. That makes it the 447th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 359 are named Lindsay.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)22710447N/A359
United Kingdom (1881 census)97614390.033326
Change since 1881+12949-8+0.003+33
Other Countries
United States317441008N/A118


People with the surname Lindsay 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 Lindsay are:

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

Top male forenames

David Lindsay
John Lindsay
James Lindsay
Robert Lindsay
Ian Lindsay
Andrew Lindsay
William Lindsay
Paul Lindsay
Michael Lindsay
Mark Lindsay
Peter Lindsay
Stuart Lindsay
Iain Lindsay
Graham Lindsay
Richard Lindsay
Philip Lindsay
Alan Lindsay
Brian Lindsay
Stephen Lindsay
Craig Lindsay

Top female forenames

Susan Lindsay
Sarah Lindsay
Margaret Lindsay
Elizabeth Lindsay
Jennifer Lindsay
Amanda Lindsay
Mary Lindsay
Karen Lindsay
Patricia Lindsay
Anne Lindsay
Gillian Lindsay
Janet Lindsay
Catherine Lindsay
Jane Lindsay
Sandra Lindsay
Heather Lindsay
Maureen Lindsay
Julie Lindsay
Ann Lindsay
Michelle Lindsay


  • 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.