Surname statistics for McRae

There are approximately 3,529 people named McRae in the UK. That makes it the 2,852nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 56 are named McRae.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)35292852N/A56
United Kingdom (1881 census)13316921less than 0.0014
Change since 1881+3396+14069+52
Other Countries
United States172031920N/A64


People with the surname McRae are slightly 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 SNP.

More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

Ian McRae
John McRae
Alan McRae
Colin McRae
Robert McRae
Stuart McRae
James McRae
Andrew McRae
Mark McRae
David McRae
Paul McRae
Alexander McRae
Neil McRae
Peter McRae
Philip McRae
Donald McRae
Stewart McRae
Michael McRae
William McRae
Jonathan McRae

Top female forenames

Alison McRae
Helen McRae
Joanne McRae
Amanda McRae
Angela McRae
Suzanne McRae
Elaine McRae
Susan McRae
Fiona McRae
Emma McRae
Lorna McRae
Tracey McRae
Lisa McRae
Gillian McRae
Mary McRae
Elizabeth McRae
Karen McRae
Denise McRae
Grace McRae
Wendy McRae


  • 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.