Surname statistics for Sharp

There are approximately 42,661 people named Sharp in the UK. That makes it the 198th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 675 are named Sharp.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)42661198N/A675
United Kingdom (1881 census)249571330.083833
Change since 1881+17704-65-0.015-158
Other Countries
United States76868371N/A285


People with the surname Sharp 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 Sharp are:

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

Top male forenames

David Sharp
John Sharp
Andrew Sharp
Richard Sharp
Paul Sharp
Michael Sharp
Ian Sharp
Peter Sharp
Stephen Sharp
Robert Sharp
James Sharp
Christopher Sharp
Alan Sharp
William Sharp
Nicholas Sharp
Graham Sharp
Martin Sharp
Jonathan Sharp
Anthony Sharp
Steven Sharp

Top female forenames

Susan Sharp
Patricia Sharp
Elizabeth Sharp
Christine Sharp
Margaret Sharp
Mary Sharp
Karen Sharp
Julie Sharp
Claire Sharp
Ann Sharp
Linda Sharp
Jacqueline Sharp
Sarah Sharp
Wendy Sharp
Helen Sharp
Emma Sharp
Jennifer Sharp
Alison Sharp
Jane Sharp
Nicola Sharp


  • 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.