Surname statistics for Woodward

There are approximately 29,801 people named Woodward in the UK. That makes it the 311th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 472 are named Woodward.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)29801311N/A472
United Kingdom (1881 census)147732710.049493
Change since 1881+15028-40-0.002-21
Other Countries
United States36242875N/A134


People with the surname Woodward 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 Woodward are:

  1. Conservative (7)
  2. Labour (5)
  3. Liberal (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Woodward
John Woodward
Mark Woodward
Paul Woodward
Andrew Woodward
Peter Woodward
Michael Woodward
Christopher Woodward
Robert Woodward
Stephen Woodward
Neil Woodward
James Woodward
Ian Woodward
Richard Woodward
Anthony Woodward
Alan Woodward
Roger Woodward
Gary Woodward
Keith Woodward
Brian Woodward

Top female forenames

Susan Woodward
Sarah Woodward
Elizabeth Woodward
Margaret Woodward
Nicola Woodward
Barbara Woodward
Jane Woodward
Gillian Woodward
Lisa Woodward
Claire Woodward
Christine Woodward
Janet Woodward
Jennifer Woodward
Joanne Woodward
Julie Woodward
Carol Woodward
Laura Woodward
Pauline Woodward
Ann Woodward
Patricia Woodward


  • 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.