Surname statistics for Saunders

There are approximately 63,026 people named Saunders in the UK. That makes it the 121th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 998 are named Saunders.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)63026121N/A998
United Kingdom (1881 census)274671170.092917
Change since 1881+35559-4+0.008+81
Other Countries
United States67210439N/A249


People with the surname Saunders 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 Saunders are:

  1. Conservative (7)
  2. Labour (5)
  3. Liberal Democrat (2)
  4. Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Saunders
Paul Saunders
John Saunders
Michael Saunders
Mark Saunders
Peter Saunders
Andrew Saunders
Richard Saunders
Robert Saunders
James Saunders
Stephen Saunders
Christopher Saunders
Ian Saunders
Alan Saunders
Philip Saunders
Graham Saunders
Matthew Saunders
Gary Saunders
Brian Saunders
Anthony Saunders

Top female forenames

Susan Saunders
Linda Saunders
Jane Saunders
Jacqueline Saunders
Elizabeth Saunders
Karen Saunders
Sarah Saunders
Nicola Saunders
Christine Saunders
Helen Saunders
Margaret Saunders
Patricia Saunders
Jennifer Saunders
Deborah Saunders
Angela Saunders
Sandra Saunders
Michelle Saunders
Valerie Saunders
Emma Saunders
Julie Saunders


  • 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.