Surname statistics for Thompson

There are approximately 198,880 people named Thompson in the UK. That makes it the 16th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 3,148 are named Thompson.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)19888016N/A3148
United Kingdom (1881 census)89714180.3002996
Change since 1881+109166+2+0.015+152
Other Countries
United States64436819N/A2389


People with the surname Thompson are 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 Thompson are:

  1. Conservative (18)
  2. Labour (8)
  3. Liberal Democrat (4)
  4. Independent (4)
  5. SNP (3)
  6. Durham Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Thompson
John Thompson
Paul Thompson
Peter Thompson
Andrew Thompson
Michael Thompson
Mark Thompson
Ian Thompson
Robert Thompson
James Thompson
Stephen Thompson
Richard Thompson
Christopher Thompson
Alan Thompson
William Thompson
Philip Thompson
Simon Thompson
Neil Thompson
Gary Thompson
Brian Thompson

Top female forenames

Susan Thompson
Margaret Thompson
Patricia Thompson
Julie Thompson
Elizabeth Thompson
Sarah Thompson
Karen Thompson
Mary Thompson
Christine Thompson
Nicola Thompson
Jane Thompson
Linda Thompson
Angela Thompson
Carol Thompson
Helen Thompson
Gillian Thompson
Jacqueline Thompson
Alison Thompson
Claire Thompson
Sandra Thompson


  • 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.