Surname statistics for Shelton

There are approximately 7,189 people named Shelton in the UK. That makes it the 1,495th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 114 are named Shelton.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)71891495N/A114
United Kingdom (1881 census)352112880.012118
Change since 1881+3668-207-0.001-4
Other Countries
United States88326313N/A327


People with the surname Shelton are more 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 Shelton are:

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

Top male forenames

David Shelton
John Shelton
Richard Shelton
Michael Shelton
Mark Shelton
Paul Shelton
Andrew Shelton
Peter Shelton
Christopher Shelton
Ian Shelton
Roger Shelton
Anthony Shelton
Matthew Shelton
William Shelton
Stephen Shelton
Roy Shelton
James Shelton
Kenneth Shelton
Graham Shelton
Scott Shelton

Top female forenames

Alison Shelton
Joanne Shelton
Margaret Shelton
Emma Shelton
Susan Shelton
Denise Shelton
Sarah Shelton
Jane Shelton
Linda Shelton
Rebecca Shelton
Sally Shelton
Gillian Shelton
Patricia Shelton
Mary Shelton
Wendy Shelton
Jennifer Shelton
Debbie Shelton
Julia Shelton
Laura Shelton
Anne Shelton


  • 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.