Surname statistics for McDermott

There are approximately 17,274 people named McDermott in the UK. That makes it the 579th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 273 are named McDermott.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)17274579N/A273
United Kingdom (1881 census)53664820.00218
Change since 1881+16738+5903+0.025+255
Other Countries
United States294401086N/A109


People with the surname McDermott 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 McDermott are:

  1. Conservative (2)
  2. Labour (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John McDermott
Michael McDermott
Paul McDermott
David McDermott
James McDermott
Ian McDermott
Robert McDermott
Peter McDermott
Andrew McDermott
Thomas McDermott
Stephen McDermott
Sean McDermott
Patrick McDermott
Christopher McDermott
Kevin McDermott
William McDermott
Brian McDermott
Martin McDermott
Anthony McDermott
Alan McDermott

Top female forenames

Anne McDermott
Patricia McDermott
Elizabeth McDermott
Mary McDermott
Sarah McDermott
Susan McDermott
Angela McDermott
Jane McDermott
Christine McDermott
Helen McDermott
Louise McDermott
Karen McDermott
Julie McDermott
Maureen McDermott
Carol McDermott
Laura McDermott
Kathleen McDermott
Margaret McDermott
Wendy McDermott
Catherine McDermott


  • 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.