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A Jamaican Name!
See below for the complete selection of nearly 300
Jamaican names to choose from! Still unsure? Then check
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It is not always possible to identify a truly Jamaican
name. West Indians have European or Asian surnames and
first names. The official language of Jamaica is
English, but the unofficial language is a patois.
Jamaican dialects include Jamaican, English, Creole,
Patwa, Patois, Bongo Talk and Quashie Talk. Experts say
more than 90% of Jamaican vocabulary is derived from
English, with the remaining words largely borrowed from
African languages. There are also words taken from
Spanish, Arawak, French, Chinese, Portuguese, and East
Indian languages. For visitors searching for a specific
Jamaican name and Jamaican genealogy we recommend the
following site which lists Caribbean names
http://www.candoo.com/surnames/caribbean. Our own
section on Genealogy will
also be of assistance when searching for specific names
The Importance of a First
We respond to our name throughout our lives. People
associate us with our first name, it forms part of our
identity. They help to distinguish us from one to
another. Other people gain immediate and sometimes
totally subconscious views of people, just from hearing
a name they can therefore give us a distinct advantage
in life, or conversely, a disadvantage! The choice of a
Jamaican name is, therefore, incredibly important. And
those of us who choose a baby's name are taking on a
The Origins of Jamaican
The Jamaican origins of this these include place names,
those related to mythology and history, origins from
colours, plants and other types of nature, Fictional
origins, historical origins, characteristic and
religious origins. We then move on to the genre which
can be classed as Descriptive, Place, Speciality and
finally unique (or created name's).
Questions about Jamaican
At one time or another most of us have posed some the
following questions about our own name...
- What does my name mean?
- Why did my parents choose it?
- Are there any strong family connections?
- Where did my name originate?
- Why was I given such a popular name?
- Why was I given such an unusual name?
What Jamaican baby name
shall I give to my baby?
Will the Jamaican baby name suit my baby? Should it be
traditional, unusual, unique, exotic, popular or cool?
Will it be suitable throughout all life phases ( "A Name
isn't just for a birthday - it's for life!"). Will it be
appropriate throughout a full life cycle starting with
baby - toddler - school child - teenager - young adults
- parents - middle age - retirement and ending with old
age. Will it suit a pensioner as well as a baby? Will
the schoolchild be teased mercilessly about a name? What
will your baby think of your choice?
Help is at hand when
making a choice from Jamaican baby names!
The various sections included in www. babynames. org. uk
accessed via the Site Map will provide answers to all of
your questions regarding the choice of first names. And
our exclusive Name Evaluator will help you avoid any of
the many pitfalls!
Want to know more?
Further information about surnames and Genealogy can be
found by clicking the following links: