Surname statistics for Preston

There are approximately 30,053 people named Preston in the UK. That makes it the 307th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 476 are named Preston.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)30053307N/A476
United Kingdom (1881 census)149592660.050500
Change since 1881+15094-41-0.002-24
Other Countries
United States45850681N/A170


People with the surname Preston 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 Preston are:

  1. Labour (3)
  2. Conservative (1)
  3. Plaid Cymru (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Preston
John Preston
Andrew Preston
Mark Preston
Michael Preston
Robert Preston
Richard Preston
Paul Preston
James Preston
Stephen Preston
Christopher Preston
Peter Preston
Thomas Preston
Philip Preston
Colin Preston
Matthew Preston
Alan Preston
William Preston
Ian Preston
Nicholas Preston

Top female forenames

Susan Preston
Jane Preston
Margaret Preston
Patricia Preston
Deborah Preston
Sarah Preston
Nicola Preston
Julie Preston
Lisa Preston
Anne Preston
Linda Preston
Elizabeth Preston
Karen Preston
Angela Preston
Janet Preston
Helen Preston
Maureen Preston
Emma Preston
Christine Preston
Joanne Preston


  • 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.