Surname statistics for Read

There are approximately 37,460 people named Read in the UK. That makes it the 239th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 593 are named Read.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)37460239N/A593
United Kingdom (1881 census)193061950.064645
Change since 1881+18154-44-0.005-52
Other Countries
United States167361981N/A62


People with the surname Read are about as likely to be politicians as 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 Read are:

  1. Conservative (7)
  2. Labour (1)
  3. Liberal Democrat (1)
  4. Voice of Gwynedd (1)
  5. Green Party and Independent (1)
  6. SGRA (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Read
John Read
Paul Read
Michael Read
Christopher Read
Stephen Read
Andrew Read
Peter Read
James Read
Simon Read
Mark Read
Philip Read
Martin Read
Robert Read
Richard Read
Nicholas Read
Alan Read
Graham Read
Anthony Read
Matthew Read

Top female forenames

Susan Read
Sarah Read
Jennifer Read
Margaret Read
Julie Read
Jane Read
Elizabeth Read
Claire Read
Helen Read
Jacqueline Read
Karen Read
Linda Read
Christine Read
Patricia Read
Nicola Read
Carol Read
Lisa Read
Sheila Read
Angela Read
Louise Read


  • 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.