Surname statistics for Payne

There are approximately 58,978 people named Payne in the UK. That makes it the 132nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 933 are named Payne.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)58978132N/A933
United Kingdom (1881 census)269511200.090900
Change since 1881+32027-12+0.003+33
Other Countries
United States138028183N/A512


People with the surname Payne are about as likely to be politicians as 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 Payne are:

  1. Conservative (7)
  2. Labour (7)
  3. Liberal Democrat (4)
  4. Canvey Island Independents (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Payne
John Payne
Michael Payne
Andrew Payne
Robert Payne
Stephen Payne
Richard Payne
Mark Payne
Christopher Payne
James Payne
Ian Payne
Simon Payne
Anthony Payne
Alan Payne
Nicholas Payne
Steven Payne
Martin Payne
Colin Payne
Matthew Payne
Philip Payne

Top female forenames

Susan Payne
Sarah Payne
Julie Payne
Jacqueline Payne
Elizabeth Payne
Christine Payne
Karen Payne
Barbara Payne
Helen Payne
Janet Payne
Caroline Payne
Alison Payne
Louise Payne
Margaret Payne
Linda Payne
Patricia Payne
Lisa Payne
Gillian Payne
Catherine Payne
Emma Payne


  • 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.