Surname statistics for Williams

There are approximately 419,845 people named Williams in the UK. That makes it the 3rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 6,645 are named Williams.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)419845316645
United Kingdom (1881 census)21512830.7187183
Change since 1881+2047170-0.053-538
Other Countries
United States1534042315687


People with the surname Williams 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 Labour.

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

  1. Labour (53)
  2. Conservative (52)
  3. Liberal Democrat (25)
  4. Plaid Cymru (14)
  5. Independent (13)
  6. Green (3)
  7. UKIP (1)
  8. Voice of Gwynedd (1)
  9. Llantwit Major Independent (1)
  10. Liberal Party (1)
  11. Association of Independents (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Williams
John Williams
Paul Williams
Mark Williams
Michael Williams
Peter Williams
Stephen Williams
Richard Williams
Robert Williams
Andrew Williams
Christopher Williams
Anthony Williams
Gareth Williams
Ian Williams
Alan Williams
Simon Williams
James Williams
Steven Williams
Martin Williams
Keith Williams

Top female forenames

Susan Williams
Sarah Williams
Margaret Williams
Elizabeth Williams
Karen Williams
Julie Williams
Jane Williams
Helen Williams
Patricia Williams
Christine Williams
Linda Williams
Ann Williams
Janet Williams
Deborah Williams
Jacqueline Williams
Jennifer Williams
Alison Williams
Nicola Williams
Emma Williams
Claire Williams


  • 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.