Surname statistics for Spence

There are approximately 22,020 people named Spence in the UK. That makes it the 454th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 349 are named Spence.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)22020454N/A349
United Kingdom (1881 census)99064360.033331
Change since 1881+12114-18+0.002+18
Other Countries
United States34435928N/A128


People with the surname Spence are slightly 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 Spence are:

  1. Conservative (4)
  2. Labour (3)
  3. Liberal Democrat (1)
  4. Non Aligned (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Spence
John Spence
James Spence
Robert Spence
Andrew Spence
Michael Spence
Peter Spence
Stephen Spence
Ian Spence
Paul Spence
Richard Spence
William Spence
Brian Spence
Alan Spence
Mark Spence
Christopher Spence
Martin Spence
Colin Spence
Thomas Spence
Jonathan Spence

Top female forenames

Susan Spence
Margaret Spence
Sarah Spence
Julie Spence
Sandra Spence
Karen Spence
Elizabeth Spence
Janet Spence
Patricia Spence
Nicola Spence
Michelle Spence
Elaine Spence
Linda Spence
Mary Spence
Joanne Spence
Catherine Spence
Marie Spence
Rosemary Spence
Claire Spence
Ann Spence


  • 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.