Dolly and Graeme Jensen with their family, Rhianna (on shoulders), Ruby (baby) daughter Ashleigh Casey, Mark Casey, Mackenzie (on shoulders) Anna (baby) Shannen Hewitt, and Craig Hewitt holding Zac.
Dolly and Graeme Jensen with their family, Rhianna (on shoulders), Ruby (baby) daughter Ashleigh Casey, Mark Casey, Mackenzie (on shoulders) Anna (baby) Shannen Hewitt, and Craig Hewitt holding Zac. Contributed

New names at the top

IF your last name is Jensen or Green, you'll be happy to know you are not alone.

Both of those surnames are more common than ever, appearing for the first time in a list of the most common in the 2012/13 Gympie White and Yellow Pages.

This was great news for Theebine's Graeme Jensen.

"I think it's fantastic," he said this week.

"We have a big family. Jensens have been in the district for at least five generations.

"We're going well," he joked.

Mr Jensen said his father was born in the Gympie region and he was born in Gympie.

"My children Shannen and Ashleigh were born in the Gympie Hospital. They're married and now have families of their own."

He said the family came to the region and grew from humble beginnings in dairy farms and growing small crops.

Mr Jensen's grandfather raised five children at Amamoor, now he has three grandkids of his own.

When he spoke to the Gympie Times on Wednesday they were all over having a State of Origin party.

"We should be planning a family reunion soon.

"I've been a local entertainer for 20 years, now I'm heading to Cairns for a northern tour."

Aubrey Green was surprised to hear the Green name had made the list

He did not think there were that many in Gympie.

"The Greens came to Gympie from England in 1962," he said.

Mr Green said they came over to be with other family (the Dooleys) already living in Gympie.

"It's good to see the name getting out there."

Every year names like Smith, Williams, Brown, Jones, Walker and Ward share the top six spots on the list of the most common names, some years their rankings are different.

Last year, the names Wilson, Taylor, Thomas, Mitchell, Anderson, Edwards, White, King, Ryan, Robinson and Turner rounded out the remaining spots.

 

Top names

1. Smith

2. Williams

3. Jones

4. Brown

5. Ward

6. Walker

7. Wilson

8. Mitchell

9. Taylor

9. Edwards

10. Thomas

11. White

12. King

12. Anderson

13. Jensen

14. Green

14. Turner

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