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Usual suspects reign supreme in the top surnames

"KEEPING up with the Josefskis."

It just doesn't have the same ring to it.

And in Gladstone you're still much more likely to be living next-door to a Jones, anyway.

While the region is seeing an increase in diversity thanks to the industrial boom, the usual suspects have once again reigned supreme in the top surnames for Gladstone region.

The surname Smith is number one, and has been on top in the region for a long stretch.

Williams and Brown are second and third respectively, and they've held those positions since 2010.

When analysed, there is a distinct lack of exotic surnames in the top 17 of each year since 2010.

That doesn't stop local Troy Josefski insisting his family has a surprisingly well-known name.

But he conceded it seemed fairly unlikely they'd storm the top 10 any time soon.

The University of Queensland's Population Centre director, Professor Martin Bell, said there were a number of factors behind the dominance of Anglo-Saxon names in Gladstone.

"Obviously it takes a lot of time to change surname trends in a region," Prof Bell said.

"In such a transient region, there is a high turnover of people, so it takes a long time to change the composition of the area."

Prof Bell also pointed to the current trend of non-English speaking migrants settling more in cities as opposed to regional areas.

"You find British, New Zealand and South African people are more likely to migrate to regional areas than non-English speaking people, Prof Bell said.

"They generally settle in cities."

Gladstone's most common surnames

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Jones
  • Wilson
  • Kelly
  • Taylor
  • Johnson
  • Hughes


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