Surname statistics for Pickering

There are approximately 20,860 people named Pickering in the UK. That makes it the 484th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 330 are named Pickering.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)20860484N/A330
United Kingdom (1881 census)108053960.036361
Change since 1881+10055-88-0.003-31
Other Countries
United States131542519N/A49


People with the surname Pickering 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 Pickering are:

  1. Labour (2)
  2. Conservative (1)
  3. Green Party and Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Pickering
John Pickering
Mark Pickering
Stephen Pickering
Andrew Pickering
Robert Pickering
Michael Pickering
Alan Pickering
Paul Pickering
James Pickering
Richard Pickering
Anthony Pickering
Simon Pickering
Christopher Pickering
Martin Pickering
Ian Pickering
Carl Pickering
Philip Pickering
William Pickering
Nigel Pickering

Top female forenames

Susan Pickering
Angela Pickering
Sarah Pickering
Joanne Pickering
Alison Pickering
Patricia Pickering
Helen Pickering
Elizabeth Pickering
Margaret Pickering
Caroline Pickering
Karen Pickering
Deborah Pickering
Julie Pickering
Amanda Pickering
Janet Pickering
Emma Pickering
Christine Pickering
Kathleen Pickering
Anne Pickering
Ann Pickering


  • 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.