Popular Baby Names in Jamaica, 2008

Here are the most popular baby names in Jamaica for 2008:

Boy Names Girl Names
1. Daniel
2. Joshua
3. Jordan
4. Ricardo
5. Anthony
1. Brihanna
2. Rhianna
3. Ashley
4. Gabrielle
5. Abigail

Why 2008? Well, the Jamaican Government’s Naming Your Child the Jamaican Way page hasn’t been updated for a few years, so that’s all I’ve got.

But it does contain a few interesting (if outdated) facts. For instance, I didn’t know that adding “Ann” to girl names was so popular in Jamaica:

In studying the naming patterns of Jamaicans, information from the RGD’s database reveal that more families between the period 1950’s to the mid 90’s gave their children traditional Anglo-Saxon names. It should be noted however that most of these female names included the name Ann.

For instance in the United States and the UK where Lisa, Nicole, Kimberly and Carrie are names which dominated the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s, the Jamaican twist to these names are Nicole-Ann, Kerry Ann and Lisa Ann.

The page also mentions babies named Usain after Usain Bolt, Obama after the U.S. President, Charlie after Hurricane Charlie (1951), and Gilbert after Hurricane Gilbert (1988).


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