Surname statistics for Turner

There are approximately 156,470 people named Turner in the UK. That makes it the 31th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 2,476 are named Turner.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)15647031N/A2476
United Kingdom (1881 census)83364240.2782784
Change since 1881+73106-7-0.03-308
Other Countries
United States33566349N/A1244


People with the surname Turner are slightly more 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 Turner are:

  1. Conservative (35)
  2. Labour (13)
  3. Liberal Democrat (6)
  4. Independent (4)
  5. SNP (2)
  6. Non Aligned (1)
  7. Hinchley Wood Resident's Association (1)
  8. Independents and Wythall Residents' Coalition (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Turner
John Turner
Michael Turner
Paul Turner
Andrew Turner
Mark Turner
Stephen Turner
Robert Turner
Peter Turner
Richard Turner
Christopher Turner
James Turner
Simon Turner
Alan Turner
Philip Turner
Ian Turner
Nicholas Turner
Graham Turner
Steven Turner
Brian Turner

Top female forenames

Susan Turner
Julie Turner
Sarah Turner
Helen Turner
Elizabeth Turner
Margaret Turner
Karen Turner
Christine Turner
Jennifer Turner
Jacqueline Turner
Catherine Turner
Linda Turner
Patricia Turner
Claire Turner
Janet Turner
Angela Turner
Jane Turner
Gillian Turner
Nicola Turner
Mary Turner


  • 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.