Surname statistics for Murray

There are approximately 96,738 people named Murray in the UK. That makes it the 73rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,531 are named Murray.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)9673873N/A1531
United Kingdom (1881 census)37135820.1241240
Change since 1881+59603+9+0.029+291
Other Countries
United States178414123N/A661


People with the surname Murray are slightly more 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 Murray are:

  1. Labour (17)
  2. Conservative (10)
  3. SNP (4)
  4. Independent (3)
  5. Liberal Democrat (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Murray
David Murray
James Murray
Andrew Murray
Paul Murray
Michael Murray
Ian Murray
Robert Murray
Peter Murray
William Murray
Stephen Murray
Alan Murray
Richard Murray
Christopher Murray
Thomas Murray
Anthony Murray
Brian Murray
Stuart Murray
Neil Murray
Kevin Murray

Top female forenames

Susan Murray
Margaret Murray
Elizabeth Murray
Karen Murray
Anne Murray
Linda Murray
Helen Murray
Patricia Murray
Mary Murray
Sarah Murray
Christine Murray
Jane Murray
Angela Murray
Amanda Murray
Alison Murray
Nicola Murray
Julie Murray
Catherine Murray
Ann Murray
Janet Murray


  • 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.