Surname statistics for Thorburn

There are approximately 3,278 people named Thorburn in the UK. That makes it the 3,047th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 52 are named Thorburn.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)32783047N/A52
United Kingdom (1881 census)172925040.00658
Change since 1881+1549-543-0.001-6
Other Countries
United States90325657less than 0.0013

Top male forenames

David Thorburn
James Thorburn
Andrew Thorburn
Richard Thorburn
John Thorburn
William Thorburn
Mark Thorburn
Robert Thorburn
Peter Thorburn
Simon Thorburn
Alan Thorburn
Colin Thorburn
Martin Thorburn
Craig Thorburn
Paul Thorburn
Douglas Thorburn
Alistair Thorburn
Jeremy Thorburn
Ian Thorburn
Malcolm Thorburn

Top female forenames

Linda Thorburn
Susan Thorburn
Maureen Thorburn
Mary Thorburn
Margaret Thorburn
Karen Thorburn
Rosemary Thorburn
Patricia Thorburn
Alison Thorburn
Jane Thorburn
Helen Thorburn
Anne Thorburn
Elizabeth Thorburn
Jennifer Thorburn
Sandra Thorburn
Pauline Thorburn
Audrey Thorburn
Catherine Thorburn
Elaine Thorburn
Emma Thorburn


  • 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.