Surname statistics for Thomson

There are approximately 69,193 people named Thomson in the UK. That makes it the 109th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,095 are named Thomson.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)69193109N/A1095
United Kingdom (1881 census)40015760.1341336
Change since 1881+29178-33-0.024-241
Other Countries
United States241741341N/A90


People with the surname Thomson 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 Thomson are:

  1. Conservative (10)
  2. Labour (6)
  3. SNP (3)
  4. Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Thomson
John Thomson
James Thomson
Robert Thomson
Andrew Thomson
Ian Thomson
William Thomson
Peter Thomson
Alan Thomson
Paul Thomson
Neil Thomson
Mark Thomson
Alexander Thomson
Michael Thomson
George Thomson
Brian Thomson
Stuart Thomson
Stephen Thomson
Graham Thomson
Richard Thomson

Top female forenames

Elizabeth Thomson
Margaret Thomson
Susan Thomson
Helen Thomson
Karen Thomson
Jacqueline Thomson
Alison Thomson
Fiona Thomson
Linda Thomson
Jane Thomson
Patricia Thomson
Mary Thomson
Sarah Thomson
Jennifer Thomson
Anne Thomson
Nicola Thomson
Claire Thomson
Janet Thomson
Catherine Thomson
Caroline Thomson


  • 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.