Surname statistics for Main

There are approximately 8,714 people named Main in the UK. That makes it the 1,221th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 138 are named Main.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)87141221N/A138
United Kingdom (1881 census)49029090.016164
Change since 1881+3812-312-0.002-26
Other Countries
United States126312629N/A47


People with the surname Main are slightly 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 Liberal Democrat.

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

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

Top male forenames

David Main
Andrew Main
William Main
John Main
James Main
Peter Main
Robert Main
Anthony Main
Richard Main
Alexander Main
Christopher Main
Kenneth Main
Stephen Main
Simon Main
Alan Main
Gordon Main
Colin Main
Philip Main
Paul Main
Michael Main

Top female forenames

Linda Main
Margaret Main
Claire Main
Laura Main
Jacqueline Main
Helen Main
Karen Main
Deborah Main
Angela Main
Sarah Main
Jane Main
Christine Main
Carol Main
Fiona Main
Julie Main
Sally Main
Kay Main
Gillian Main
Alison Main
Victoria Main


  • 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.