Surname statistics for Martin

There are approximately 182,304 people named Martin in the UK. That makes it the 18th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 2,885 are named Martin.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)18230418N/A2885
United Kingdom (1881 census)73774290.2462463
Change since 1881+108530+11+0.043+422
Other Countries
United States67271117N/A2494


People with the surname Martin are about as likely to be politicians as 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 Martin are:

  1. Conservative (26)
  2. Labour (23)
  3. Liberal Democrat (5)
  4. Independent (2)
  5. Independent/Liberal Democrat (1)
  6. Staffordshire Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Martin
Paul Martin
John Martin
Peter Martin
Andrew Martin
Richard Martin
James Martin
Stephen Martin
Michael Martin
Robert Martin
Christopher Martin
Anthony Martin
Ian Martin
William Martin
Simon Martin
Philip Martin
Alan Martin
Brian Martin
Nicholas Martin
Neil Martin

Top female forenames

Susan Martin
Margaret Martin
Sarah Martin
Christine Martin
Linda Martin
Karen Martin
Patricia Martin
Elizabeth Martin
Mary Martin
Jane Martin
Julie Martin
Anne Martin
Nicola Martin
Helen Martin
Joanne Martin
Carol Martin
Emma Martin
Barbara Martin
Janet Martin
Michelle Martin


  • 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.