Surname statistics for Willis

There are approximately 38,231 people named Willis in the UK. That makes it the 231th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 605 are named Willis.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)38231231N/A605
United Kingdom (1881 census)159232490.053532
Change since 1881+22308+18+0.008+73
Other Countries
United States125627216N/A466


People with the surname Willis 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 Liberal Democrat.

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

  1. Liberal Democrat (3)
  2. Conservative (2)
  3. Labour (2)
  4. Durham Independent (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Willis
John Willis
Paul Willis
Michael Willis
Andrew Willis
Peter Willis
Mark Willis
Robert Willis
Richard Willis
Simon Willis
Stephen Willis
Alan Willis
Keith Willis
Anthony Willis
Ian Willis
James Willis
Christopher Willis
Steven Willis
Jonathan Willis
Brian Willis

Top female forenames

Susan Willis
Karen Willis
Sarah Willis
Patricia Willis
Julie Willis
Elizabeth Willis
Margaret Willis
Linda Willis
Christine Willis
Janet Willis
Joanne Willis
Nicola Willis
Helen Willis
Claire Willis
Jennifer Willis
Lisa Willis
Sandra Willis
Jane Willis
Emma Willis
Michelle Willis


  • 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.