SMITH is the top surname in the Tweed, followed by Brown, Taylor and Jones, according to the White and Yellow Pages.

Tweed Heads Historical Society president Joan Smith said the surname had quite a history in the Tweed region.

"Smith was a very important name for the Tweed," she said.

"Patrick Smith was the very first white child born in the Tweed and he was born into a family of very early cedar getters, who are still here in the area.

"He's actually buried in the area...out along Dulguigan Rd."

Mrs Smith said there was a number of prominent Smith families living in the Tweed, probably originating from the region's early settlers.

Smith has been the most popular name in the Tweed and Brown has been runner-up for the last four years.

According to various sources, the surname Smith originates from countries such as England, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany and initially denoted someone who worked with metal.

It is the most prevalent surname in the Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, according to the US Governments census website.



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