Surname statistics for Phillips

There are approximately 128,730 people named Phillips in the UK. That makes it the 49th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 2,037 are named Phillips.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)12873049N/A2037
United Kingdom (1881 census)53582510.1791789
Change since 1881+75148+2+0.025+248
Other Countries
United States35184847N/A1304


People with the surname Phillips are slightly 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 Phillips are:

  1. Conservative (17)
  2. Labour (15)
  3. Liberal Democrat (3)
  4. UKIP (2)
  5. SNP (1)
  6. Green (1)
  7. Wrexham Independents (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Phillips
John Phillips
Paul Phillips
Michael Phillips
Mark Phillips
Andrew Phillips
Richard Phillips
Peter Phillips
Stephen Phillips
Christopher Phillips
Robert Phillips
Simon Phillips
Ian Phillips
James Phillips
Anthony Phillips
Alan Phillips
William Phillips
Brian Phillips
Martin Phillips
Jonathan Phillips

Top female forenames

Susan Phillips
Sarah Phillips
Karen Phillips
Elizabeth Phillips
Helen Phillips
Jane Phillips
Janet Phillips
Margaret Phillips
Christine Phillips
Patricia Phillips
Jacqueline Phillips
Nicola Phillips
Anne Phillips
Carol Phillips
Julie Phillips
Alison Phillips
Jennifer Phillips
Linda Phillips
Emma Phillips
Mary Phillips


  • 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.