Surname statistics for Milligan

There are approximately 8,755 people named Milligan in the UK. That makes it the 1,219th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 139 are named Milligan.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)87551219N/A139
United Kingdom (1881 census)352512850.012118
Change since 1881+5230+66+0.002+21
Other Countries
United States218871497N/A81


People with the surname Milligan 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 Milligan are:

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

Top male forenames

John Milligan
James Milligan
William Milligan
David Milligan
Robert Milligan
Andrew Milligan
Stephen Milligan
Richard Milligan
Paul Milligan
Ian Milligan
Peter Milligan
Stuart Milligan
Mark Milligan
Michael Milligan
Daniel Milligan
Simon Milligan
Alan Milligan
Brian Milligan
Gary Milligan
Neil Milligan

Top female forenames

Susan Milligan
Caroline Milligan
Alison Milligan
Margaret Milligan
Sheila Milligan
Elizabeth Milligan
Ann Milligan
Victoria Milligan
Lesley Milligan
Patricia Milligan
Sandra Milligan
Nicola Milligan
Rebecca Milligan
Jane Milligan
Sarah Milligan
Karen Milligan
Leanne Milligan
Mary Milligan
Helen Milligan
Julie Milligan


  • 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.