Are you tracing your family history? Have you ever wondered what are the most common surnames in England and Wales? Do you want to start a one-name study for your own surname? This site will tell you how big a task it could be! Below, you can search for a specific name or you can use the options on this page to get some more general figures. You can also see what other people have been looking for.
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HOW TO SEARCH: Enter a full or partial surname in the box and click on the "Start Search" button. You can search for either a complete name, or use wild cards. An '_' represents any single non-blank character, an '*' represents zero or more wildcards. If the search returns more than 250 results you will be asked to modify the search.
There are also some additional query options which let you list the most common names and see what enquiries other people have made.
Please enter a surname to search for.
WHAT IS IN THIS DATABASE? This is an extract of an Office of National Statistics database, and contains a list of surnames in use in England, Wales and the Isle of Mann in September 2002. The list contains almost 270,000 surnames, shared by 54.4 million people. The entire database contains over a million surnames, shared by 55.9 million people, but names shared by fewer that five people have been excluded from this list. The database was established in 1998, and births are continually added, but the 1.5 million deaths between 1998 and 2002 have not been weeded from the system. The database is also said to include a level of duplicate entries and misspelt surnames, as well as people currently living abroad and temporary visitors to England and Wales. However, experience suggests that multiplying the result for your surname by 0.93 will give a good idea of the living population for your surname.
Data source: Surnames, England & Wales, National Statistics 2002. Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO under Licence C02W0001623.