Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Old English and Scottish Names Top Region's List; Smith, Jones, Williams Still Common Here

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Old English and Scottish Names Top Region's List; Smith, Jones, Williams Still Common Here

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Byline: Lee Gailer

IT WILL come as no surprise most of Australia really does belong to the Smiths a the surname being the most common entry in the White Pages. And this region alone is no different.

In Gympie and surrounding areas there are 170 Smiths, and 116 Williams listed. Jones and Browns come in at a close third and fourth respectively, with close to 100 listings each, followed by 79 Wilsons.

White Pages has revealed the top 20 most popular surnames in Gympie. And one local, whose name coincidently did not make the top 20, pointed out they were mostly old English and Scottish names.

Of the 20 people quizzed about their surname at random yesterday, while shopping in Mary St, only one appeared in the top 20; and only half were actually from the Gympie region.

A good sign for our battling retailers, but it was back to the office to try a new tactic for this story.

Letting the fingers do the walking this time, a few cold-calls were made to four puzzled residents with a[approximately]popular' surnames, which garnered little response. …

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