Surname statistics for Welch

There are approximately 20,901 people named Welch in the UK. That makes it the 482nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 331 are named Welch.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)20901482N/A331
United Kingdom (1881 census)105324080.035352
Change since 1881+10369-74-0.002-21
Other Countries
United States105804259N/A392


People with the surname Welch 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 Welch are:

  1. Conservative (3)
  2. Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Welch
John Welch
James Welch
Michael Welch
Andrew Welch
Paul Welch
Stephen Welch
Peter Welch
Christopher Welch
Richard Welch
Robert Welch
Ian Welch
Mark Welch
Anthony Welch
Philip Welch
Martin Welch
Thomas Welch
Nicholas Welch
William Welch
Brian Welch

Top female forenames

Susan Welch
Karen Welch
Elizabeth Welch
Julie Welch
Christine Welch
Janet Welch
Linda Welch
Helen Welch
Patricia Welch
Sandra Welch
Barbara Welch
Margaret Welch
Emma Welch
Jennifer Welch
Deborah Welch
Sharon Welch
Joanna Welch
Jacqueline Welch
Angela Welch
Sally Welch


  • 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.