Smiths claim naming rights
IF you’re a Smith, Ryan or Kelly at St Mary’s Primary School you’ll find it easy to blend into the crowd.
That’s what Year 5 pupils Annelise Ryan, Eve Kelly, Emily Ryan, Cameron Ryan and Thomas Smith have discovered with their surnames not only proving popular in the schoolyard but in Warwick at large, according to the recent release of Warwick’s top 20 surnames in the 2010/11 White Pages.
While donning a popular surname was generally considered to be “pretty cool” by the pupils, they said it also had its downside.
“Some teachers get confused, especially as there are three Ryans in Year 5,” Cameron said.
When asked if she had a streak of the rogue gene dating back to a particularly famous bushranger, Eve was a little unsure.
“We have a big family – especially on my dad’s side – but you’d have to ask my mum about family facts,” she said.
As two Smith families gathered together this week, they were surprised to learn they had the number one surname in Warwick.
“It’s common wherever you go – like when you call to reserve somewhere and you give them your name and they go ‘really?’,” said Pamela Smith, laughing.
Jim Smith said in 1856 the Smiths were the first settlers at Freestone where Smiths Corner is now, just down from the Freestone Memorial Hall.
“We all had big families back then; a lot of the women – their names changed when they were married, obviously, but there are still a fair few around,” Mr Smith said.
The White Pages top 20 surnames in Warwick in 2010/11: