Surname statistics for Ritchie

There are approximately 22,637 people named Ritchie in the UK. That makes it the 449th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 358 are named Ritchie.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)22637449N/A358
United Kingdom (1881 census)103474160.035346
Change since 1881+12290-33+0.00099999999999999+12
Other Countries
United States283971131N/A105


People with the surname Ritchie 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 Ritchie are:

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

Top male forenames

David Ritchie
John Ritchie
James Ritchie
Ian Ritchie
William Ritchie
Andrew Ritchie
Michael Ritchie
Alan Ritchie
Paul Ritchie
Robert Ritchie
Graham Ritchie
Peter Ritchie
Gordon Ritchie
Mark Ritchie
Stephen Ritchie
Stuart Ritchie
George Ritchie
Colin Ritchie
Alexander Ritchie
Brian Ritchie

Top female forenames

Margaret Ritchie
Fiona Ritchie
Susan Ritchie
Elizabeth Ritchie
Karen Ritchie
Mary Ritchie
Ann Ritchie
Claire Ritchie
Sarah Ritchie
Janet Ritchie
Jane Ritchie
Alison Ritchie
Carol Ritchie
Sheila Ritchie
Gillian Ritchie
Kathleen Ritchie
Catherine Ritchie
Christine Ritchie
Jacqueline Ritchie
Pamela Ritchie


  • 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.