Surname statistics for Whittaker

There are approximately 24,649 people named Whittaker in the UK. That makes it the 404th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 390 are named Whittaker.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)24649404N/A390
United Kingdom (1881 census)141812870.047474
Change since 1881+10468-117-0.008-84
Other Countries
United States164412023N/A61


People with the surname Whittaker 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 Whittaker are:

  1. Conservative (7)
  2. Labour (1)
  3. Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Whittaker
David Whittaker
Mark Whittaker
Michael Whittaker
Paul Whittaker
Andrew Whittaker
Stephen Whittaker
Ian Whittaker
James Whittaker
Simon Whittaker
Robert Whittaker
Peter Whittaker
Richard Whittaker
Anthony Whittaker
William Whittaker
Steven Whittaker
Alan Whittaker
Thomas Whittaker
Neil Whittaker
Lee Whittaker

Top female forenames

Janet Whittaker
Karen Whittaker
Susan Whittaker
Jane Whittaker
Nicola Whittaker
Elizabeth Whittaker
Helen Whittaker
Julie Whittaker
Christine Whittaker
Linda Whittaker
Margaret Whittaker
Alison Whittaker
Gillian Whittaker
Sarah Whittaker
Patricia Whittaker
Ann Whittaker
Sally Whittaker
Tracy Whittaker
Caroline Whittaker
Judith Whittaker


  • 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.