Surname statistics for McGrath

There are approximately 18,978 people named McGrath in the UK. That makes it the 535th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 300 are named McGrath.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)18978535N/A300
United Kingdom (1881 census)47371410.00216
Change since 1881+18505+6606+0.028+284
Other Countries
United States34031943N/A126

Top male forenames

John McGrath
Michael McGrath
James McGrath
Paul McGrath
David McGrath
Patrick McGrath
Martin McGrath
Stephen McGrath
Peter McGrath
Daniel McGrath
Anthony McGrath
Andrew McGrath
Kevin McGrath
Sean McGrath
Thomas McGrath
Joseph McGrath
Ian McGrath
William McGrath
Mark McGrath
Christopher McGrath

Top female forenames

Susan McGrath
Mary McGrath
Margaret McGrath
Anne McGrath
Catherine McGrath
Helen McGrath
Sarah McGrath
Caroline McGrath
Patricia McGrath
Karen McGrath
Janet McGrath
Elizabeth McGrath
Fiona McGrath
Clare McGrath
Jacqueline McGrath
Claire McGrath
Sheila McGrath
Julie McGrath
Pauline McGrath
Kathleen McGrath


  • 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.