Surname statistics for Percival

There are approximately 9,469 people named Percival in the UK. That makes it the 1,108th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 150 are named Percival.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)94691108N/A150
United Kingdom (1881 census)46929500.016157
Change since 1881+4777-158-0.001-7
Other Countries
United States31479475N/A12


People with the surname Percival 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.

More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Percival
John Percival
Richard Percival
Andrew Percival
Mark Percival
Robert Percival
Michael Percival
Alan Percival
James Percival
Christopher Percival
Steven Percival
Neil Percival
Stephen Percival
Simon Percival
Brian Percival
Ian Percival
Timothy Percival
Adrian Percival
Anthony Percival
Philip Percival

Top female forenames

Jane Percival
Susan Percival
Christine Percival
Patricia Percival
Ruth Percival
Helen Percival
Deborah Percival
Michelle Percival
Sarah Percival
Margaret Percival
Caroline Percival
Elizabeth Percival
Emma Percival
Jacqueline Percival
Janet Percival
Hilary Percival
Judith Percival
Julie Percival
Kay Percival
Nicola Percival


  • 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.