Surname statistics for MacRae

There are approximately 6,686 people named MacRae in the UK. That makes it the 1,591th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 106 are named MacRae.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)66861591N/A106
United Kingdom (1881 census)233519110.00878
Change since 1881+4351+320+0.003+28
Other Countries
United States228412466N/A8


People with the surname MacRae 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 MacRae are:

  1. Conservative (4)
  2. Labour (1)
  3. Plaid Cymru (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

Donald MacRae
John MacRae
James MacRae
Ian MacRae
Kenneth MacRae
Duncan MacRae
Iain MacRae
Andrew MacRae
Alexander MacRae
David MacRae
Neil MacRae
Colin MacRae
William MacRae
Robert MacRae
Michael MacRae
Christopher MacRae
Malcolm MacRae
Calum MacRae
Scott MacRae
Roderick MacRae

Top female forenames

Catherine MacRae
Sandra MacRae
Mary MacRae
Karen MacRae
Angela MacRae
Fiona MacRae
Elizabeth MacRae
Kathleen MacRae
Julie MacRae
Margaret MacRae
Carol MacRae
Claire MacRae
Susan MacRae
Sarah MacRae
Ludmilla MacRae
Kirsteen MacRae
Sally MacRae
Patricia MacRae
Kate MacRae
Sheena MacRae


  • 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.