Surname statistics for Wood

There are approximately 168,811 people named Wood in the UK. That makes it the 25th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 2,672 are named Wood.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)16881125N/A2672
United Kingdom (1881 census)95422160.3193186
Change since 1881+73389-9-0.052-514
Other Countries
United States24729975N/A917


People with the surname Wood are about as likely to be politicians as 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 Wood are:

  1. Conservative (19)
  2. Labour (14)
  3. Liberal Democrat (9)
  4. Independent (6)
  5. SNP (2)
  6. Resident's Association (2)
  7. UKIP (1)
  8. Plaid Cymru (1)
  9. Moorlands Democratic Alliance (1)
  10. Henley Resident's Group (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Wood
John Wood
Andrew Wood
Michael Wood
Peter Wood
Christopher Wood
Robert Wood
Stephen Wood
Paul Wood
Richard Wood
James Wood
Mark Wood
Anthony Wood
Alan Wood
Ian Wood
Nicholas Wood
Graham Wood
Martin Wood
Simon Wood
Steven Wood

Top female forenames

Susan Wood
Sarah Wood
Christine Wood
Elizabeth Wood
Karen Wood
Margaret Wood
Julie Wood
Helen Wood
Linda Wood
Patricia Wood
Nicola Wood
Jane Wood
Gillian Wood
Janet Wood
Alison Wood
Jacqueline Wood
Angela Wood
Barbara Wood
Jennifer Wood
Ann Wood


  • 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.