Surname statistics for Patterson

There are approximately 31,724 people named Patterson in the UK. That makes it the 295th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 502 are named Patterson.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)31724295N/A502
United Kingdom (1881 census)104424130.035349
Change since 1881+21282+118+0.015+153
Other Countries
United States198557104N/A736


People with the surname Patterson 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 Conservative.

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

  1. Conservative (2)
  2. Liberal Democrat (2)
  3. Labour (1)
  4. Independent (1)
  5. Ingleby Barwick Independent Society (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Patterson
John Patterson
Robert Patterson
Ian Patterson
Mark Patterson
Andrew Patterson
James Patterson
William Patterson
Alan Patterson
Michael Patterson
Richard Patterson
Neil Patterson
Colin Patterson
Stephen Patterson
Brian Patterson
Lee Patterson
Simon Patterson
Thomas Patterson
Paul Patterson
Christopher Patterson

Top female forenames

Margaret Patterson
Linda Patterson
Julie Patterson
Elizabeth Patterson
Susan Patterson
Sarah Patterson
Angela Patterson
Karen Patterson
Anne Patterson
Patricia Patterson
Mary Patterson
Sharon Patterson
Christine Patterson
Sandra Patterson
Helen Patterson
Deborah Patterson
Jane Patterson
Emma Patterson
Caroline Patterson
Janet Patterson


  • 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.