Do we really have Jamaican surnames though? The truth is, it is probably not possible to identify a truly "Jamaican" name.
The surnames here are a reflection of the diversity of our people, testified in our island's Motto, "Out of Many One People".
Having said that, it is worth noting that although over 90% of our fore-parents were African descendants, most of us acquired European or Asian surnames!
So how was that? How did that happen?
Well, according to JFS, the slaves in Jamaica who were brought over from Africa each used only one name, they did not have surnames. So the development of surnames followed one of two paths:
Now here is a list of what I consider to be the top 30 most popular surnames in Jamaica! Alphabetized.
Notice the ones in bold [Smith,Williams & Clarke], they have to stand out.
I have no reference but from my own estimation, those three probably account for over 20% of the entire island- seriously, no kidding :-)
Of course my own name, Gayle, is quite popular too, but certainly not popular enough to make the top 30. :-)
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