See below for the complete selection of
nearly 300 Jamaican
names to choose from! Still
unsure? Then check out over 50,000
others available via the
A Major Life event!
If you have searched for Jamaican baby name's then "Congratulations" must be in order
and our section on
Pregnancy Stages might prove helpful. Whether you are the mother or father of a new baby, a member of the family or a close friend you are sharing in a major life event and taking a serious interest in choosing a special baby name from one of the
many Jamaican ones that are available.
Check out our info on
Stages with symptoms and changes experienced Day by Week by
Month during your pregnancy.
Baby Boy Names
Baby Girl Names
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 form
Importance of a First Name!
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 responsible task!
Origins of Jamaican baby names
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
about Jamaican baby name's!
At one time or
another most of us have posed some the following questions about
our own name...
does my name mean?
Why did my
parents choose it?
any strong family connections?
my name originate?
Why was I
given such a popular name?
Why was I
given such an unusual name?
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?