Surname statistics for Ralph

There are approximately 8,982 people named Ralph in the UK. That makes it the 1,178th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 142 are named Ralph.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)89821178N/A142
United Kingdom (1881 census)45609810.015152
Change since 1881+4422-197-0.001-10
Other Countries
United States79874106N/A30


People with the surname Ralph 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 Independent.

More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Ralph
Michael Ralph
John Ralph
Andrew Ralph
Stephen Ralph
Nicholas Ralph
Mark Ralph
Paul Ralph
Peter Ralph
James Ralph
Robert Ralph
Ian Ralph
George Ralph
Graham Ralph
Simon Ralph
Christopher Ralph
Colin Ralph
Matthew Ralph
Richard Ralph
Brian Ralph

Top female forenames

Sarah Ralph
Susan Ralph
Angela Ralph
Amanda Ralph
Tracey Ralph
Julie Ralph
Lesley Ralph
Pauline Ralph
Patricia Ralph
Yvonne Ralph
Margaret Ralph
Lisa Ralph
Nicola Ralph
Rebecca Ralph
Carol Ralph
Diane Ralph
Deborah Ralph
Christine Ralph
Sharon Ralph
Jacqueline Ralph


  • 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.