Edited by Azizi Powell
This post is part of a continuing pancocojams series on names and naming practices in the Caribbean.
This post provides excerpts from two online articles about personal names in Jamaica.
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PERSONAL NAMES IN JAMAICA, WEST INDIES
From http://staceymarierobinson.blogspot.com/2009/09/top-100-jamaican-names.html "Top 100 Jamaican Names", Stacey Marie Robinson, September 4, 2009
"I'm sorry, this may be irrelevant, but I think it's hilarious. I've compiled this list from a variety of random online sources, and can not take credit for any of it!
Please enjoy the Top 100 Jamaican Names. Traditional names, common names, old-fashioned names. If you are Jamaican I bet you can find the name of at least 20 relatives on this list!"
04. Anne-as a prefix for females
36. Ford-as a suffix for males
62. Myrtle (aka Mirkle)
90. Smith (aka Simit)
Have I missed any??? Please let me know!"
These names are given in alphabetical order. No indication of the chronological order of these names was given and there was no citation of the online source/s for this list.
Here are selected comments from this article's discussion thread:
JamaicanRocker, October 22, 2009
"Lol! I probably know someone with 95% of the names on this list.....
Anonymous March 1, 2012
"Don't forget Sharon, Sheldon, Lorraine and Vesha every ting else sell off"
Anonymous June 12, 2012
"Dalton, Victor, Shernette, Pansie, Hansel, Hazel, Mildred, Beverly, Olive, Marques, Maurice, Calvert, Faith, Hope, Joy, Fay, Vilma, Precious, Pat, Elrick, Devon, Dirk, Doreen, Noreen, Corinne, Everett, Harold, Bertrum, Lorna, Ronald, Howard, Margaret, Lloyd, Ouida, Trevor, Joyce, Yvonne, June, Elvelina, Patrick, Vernon, Albert, May or Mae, Belford, Carl, Roy, Arlene, Birdie, Sherlene, Carlton, Clover, Cynthia, Clive, Colin, Dudley, Errol, Gilbert, Gloria, Ivy, Inez, Joan, Carlene, -ford as a suffix for men's names, Mabel, Maxine, Lincoln, Monica, Noel, Norman, Olga, Oswald (Ozzie), Enid, Marjorie, Neville, Patricia, Lockley, Aubrey.
Just some of the people I have known and heard of. There are more, but they have names like Richard and Carol."
Anonymous April 2, 2013
"Wentworth, Glenford, Augustus, Shawn or Shaun, Dormvile, Nadia, Natalie, Nackisha, Kenneth, Dorreth, Marcia, Debbie, Debbi-Ann, Norma, Raquel, Kensworth, Ediston, Mable..just to add a few"
Anonymous July 11, 2014
"dont forget rostamon"
Anonymous July 24, 2014
"Valdalene, Gertrude, Agatta, Jasper, Gladdys, Imogene"
From http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/So-what-s-in-a-name-_17438845 "So what's in a name?"by Lance Neita, August 31, 2014
..."Very old baptismal books record both the African slave name as well as the estate-given name. The most popular African names related to the day of the week that the child was born. So we had Quashie (boy) or Quasheba (girl), born on a Monday; Cudjoe (boy) or Jube (girl), born on a Tuesday; Quaco or Cubba, Wednesday; and on Saturday, the very pleasant-sounding name of Quanamin (boy) or Mimba (girl). Although not in popular use today, those names still survive as nicknames or family names.
But, as the traditional African names became obsolete, so did also the English/Jamaican names; from the very staid Elizabeth, Joan, Mary, Ann, Susan, to a host of new Jamaican names. Consider these modern names: Ajay, Aldane, Jaheem, Rojay, Kimani, D'Angelo, Demario, and on the female side Alesha, Beyonce, LaTanya, Shakera, Yanika, Amoya, some of which suggest a pull back to African origins...
From Quashie to Demario, from Mimba to LaTanya, and from Cudjoe to Kimani, we are a hard act to follow."
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