Surname statistics for Townsend

There are approximately 26,507 people named Townsend in the UK. That makes it the 367th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 420 are named Townsend.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)26507367N/A420
United Kingdom (1881 census)127213260.042425
Change since 1881+13786-410-5
Other Countries
United States66853444N/A248


People with the surname Townsend are about as likely to be politicians as the average member of the population. When they do become politicians, they are most likely to be elected as Liberal Democrat.

As of the most recent set of elections, the political parties represented by politicians called Townsend are:

  1. Liberal Democrat (3)
  2. Conservative (2)
  3. Labour (2)
  4. Independent (1)
  5. Independent / Resident's Association (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Townsend
Peter Townsend
Mark Townsend
Paul Townsend
John Townsend
Michael Townsend
Christopher Townsend
Andrew Townsend
Ian Townsend
Richard Townsend
Robert Townsend
Stephen Townsend
Philip Townsend
Alan Townsend
Matthew Townsend
Neil Townsend
Simon Townsend
Kevin Townsend
Gary Townsend
Anthony Townsend

Top female forenames

Susan Townsend
Sarah Townsend
Margaret Townsend
Karen Townsend
Deborah Townsend
Jane Townsend
Julie Townsend
Elizabeth Townsend
Patricia Townsend
Jennifer Townsend
Claire Townsend
Christine Townsend
Catherine Townsend
Janet Townsend
Barbara Townsend
Pamela Townsend
Ann Townsend
Mary Townsend
Nicola Townsend
Valerie Townsend


  • 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.