Surname statistics for Spencer

There are approximately 57,915 people named Spencer in the UK. That makes it the 136th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 917 are named Spencer.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)57915136N/A917
United Kingdom (1881 census)273411180.091913
Change since 1881+30574-18+0.001+4
Other Countries
United States134443189N/A498


People with the surname Spencer 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 Spencer are:

  1. Conservative (10)
  2. Labour (3)
  3. Liberal Democrat (1)
  4. Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Spencer
John Spencer
Paul Spencer
Michael Spencer
Richard Spencer
Robert Spencer
Peter Spencer
Andrew Spencer
Ian Spencer
James Spencer
Christopher Spencer
Stephen Spencer
Philip Spencer
Martin Spencer
Anthony Spencer
Alan Spencer
Simon Spencer
Kevin Spencer
Gary Spencer
Jonathan Spencer

Top female forenames

SUsan Spencer
Julie Spencer
Sarah Spencer
Nicola Spencer
Margaret Spencer
Claire Spencer
Elizabeth Spencer
Christine Spencer
Linda Spencer
Helen Spencer
Jane Spencer
Sharon Spencer
Angela Spencer
Karen Spencer
Janet Spencer
Joanne Spencer
Jennifer Spencer
Barbara Spencer
Sandra Spencer
Gillian Spencer


  • 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.