Surname statistics for McNamara

There are approximately 10,742 people named McNamara in the UK. That makes it the 988th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 170 are named McNamara.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)10742988N/A170
United Kingdom (1881 census)262108620.0019
Change since 1881+10480+9874+0.016+161
Other Countries
United States258961245N/A96


People with the surname McNamara 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 Labour.

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

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

Top male forenames

John McNamara
Michael McNamara
Paul McNamara
David McNamara
Anthony McNamara
Stephen McNamara
Peter McNamara
Kevin McNamara
Robert McNamara
James McNamara
Andrew McNamara
Philip McNamara
Thomas McNamara
Martin McNamara
Joseph McNamara
Patrick McNamara
Gary McNamara
Christopher McNamara
Brian McNamara
Daniel McNamara

Top female forenames

Sarah McNamara
Patricia McNamara
Susan McNamara
Catherine McNamara
Deborah McNamara
Claire McNamara
Clare McNamara
Fiona McNamara
Maureen McNamara
Carol McNamara
Julie McNamara
Sandra McNamara
Janet McNamara
Ann McNamara
Caroline McNamara
Michelle McNamara
Alison McNamara
Joanne McNamara
Margaret McNamara
Janice McNamara


  • 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.