Surname statistics for Scott

There are approximately 158,653 people named Scott in the UK. That makes it the 30th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 2,511 are named Scott.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)15865330N/A2511
United Kingdom (1881 census)75774280.2532530
Change since 1881+82879-2-0.002-19
Other Countries
United States42009136N/A1557


People with the surname Scott 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 Scott are:

  1. Conservative (19)
  2. Labour (13)
  3. Liberal Democrat (7)
  4. Merton Coalition (2)
  5. Non-Aligned (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Scott
John Scott
Peter Scott
Michael Scott
Andrew Scott
Robert Scott
Paul Scott
James Scott
Ian Scott
Richard Scott
Mark Scott
William Scott
Stephen Scott
Christopher Scott
Alan Scott
Anthony Scott
Philip Scott
Brian Scott
Thomas Scott
Simon Scott

Top female forenames

Susan Scott
Elizabeth Scott
Margaret Scott
Helen Scott
Sarah Scott
Jacqueline Scott
Jane Scott
Christine Scott
Linda Scott
Julie Scott
Karen Scott
Patricia Scott
Alison Scott
Angela Scott
Janet Scott
Anne Scott
Catherine Scott
Nicola Scott
Claire Scott
Carol Scott


  • 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.