Surname statistics for Woods

There are approximately 47,408 people named Woods in the UK. That makes it the 171th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 750 are named Woods.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)47408171N/A750
United Kingdom (1881 census)188842010.063631
Change since 1881+28524+30+0.012+119
Other Countries
United States168814133N/A626


People with the surname Woods are considerably 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 Woods are:

  1. Conservative (2)
  2. Liberal Democrat (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Woods
David Woods
Michael Woods
Peter Woods
James Woods
Paul Woods
Mark Woods
Andrew Woods
Richard Woods
Robert Woods
Stephen Woods
Anthony Woods
Christopher Woods
William Woods
Philip Woods
Alan Woods
Simon Woods
Ian Woods
Steven Woods
Kevin Woods

Top female forenames

Susan Woods
Margaret Woods
Karen Woods
Sarah Woods
Janet Woods
Nicola Woods
Julie Woods
Christine Woods
Claire Woods
Jacqueline Woods
Elizabeth Woods
Anne Woods
Catherine Woods
Patricia Woods
Linda Woods
Emma Woods
Jane Woods
Helen Woods
Deborah Woods
Louise Woods


  • 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.