Surname statistics for Paul

There are approximately 34,961 people named Paul in the UK. That makes it the 261th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 553 are named Paul.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)34961261N/A553
United Kingdom (1881 census)74965670.025250
Change since 1881+27465+306+0.03+303
Other Countries
United States72248401N/A268


People with the surname Paul 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 Paul are:

  1. Labour (4)
  2. SNP (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Paul
David Paul
Michael Paul
Christopher Paul
Robert Paul
Andrew Paul
James Paul
Richard Paul
Alan Paul
Stephen Paul
Steven Paul
Mark Paul
William Paul
Kevin Paul
Ian Paul
Simon Paul
Nicholas Paul
Anthony Paul
Stuart Paul
Martin Paul

Top female forenames

Margaret Paul
Susan Paul
Jennifer Paul
Nicola Paul
Elizabeth Paul
Linda Paul
Angela Paul
Julie Paul
Sarah Paul
Pauline Paul
Gillian Paul
Karen Paul
Jane Paul
Alison Paul
Amanda Paul
Christine Paul
Anita Paul
Sharon Paul
Deborah Paul
Janet Paul


  • 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.