English Place Names In Jamaica | Popular places named by the British in Jamaica
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RESPONSE: by Wellesley Gayle
Hi, Can you tell me what are the places in Jamaica with origins in English or Britain? I need this for a special assignment.
Hi Shantae. Thank you for your request and I will be happy to provide you with as much information as possible.
Have you ever wondered how did that
place in Jamaica got its name?
I did too!
And yes we also have some of the most unusual place names anywhere in the word :-)
Well, the 'not so much' secret is that Jamaica was a Spanish colony originally and then became a British or English colony (in 1655) until Independence in 1962. That's well over 300 years by my quick calculation.
And as such, the names of many places in Jamaica, especially English names, comes as no surprise.
Many of these names represent places back in Britain but some also capture the names of esteemed public (government) figures and landowners, living in Jamaica as well as back in England.
So to answer your question, I'll be looking at the most popular English place names in Jamaica by county and then by parish.
By the way, did you know that Jamaica has three counties?
And guess what, all three (still) have English names! Cornwall, Middlesex, and Surrey.
And yes, all these places can be found in England today and also exist as counties!
Let's start with..
Blenheim, Lucea, Fort Charlotte (now Rusea’s High), Kenilworth,
Belvidere Estate, Chester Castle, Askenish, Sandy Bay, Green Island,
- St. James
Barrett Hall, Granville, Garlands, Cambridge, Bickersteth, Catadupa,
Charlton, Chatham, Flamstead, Glasgow, Guilsbro, Hampton, Hermitage,
Reading, Roxbro, Somerton,Wiltshire, Vaughnsfield, Providence,
Darliston, Hompeton, Frome, Petersfield, Pennycooke
Falmouth, Batersea, Belmont Castle, Belmore Castle, Barnstaple,
Biddeford, Bristol,Cambridge, Coxheath, Hampstead, Gibraltar, Kettering,
Lancaster, Litchfield, Oxford,Sherwood Content, Troy, Windsor, Tyre,
Albert Town, Swanswick,
- St. Elizabeth
North Hampton, South Hampton, Balaclava, Southfield, Elderslie,
Bellevue, Portsea,Malvern, Lacovia, Brampton, Brompton, Croydon,
Holland, Leeds, Warminster
Chapleton, Arthur’s Seat, Amity Hall, Bailleston, Balcarres, Beacham
Cottage, Belmont,British, Brixton Hill, Brobridge, Carlisle,
Chesterfield, Cumberland, Denbigh, Frankfield,
Heathfield, Inverness, Leicesterfield, Rowington, Rymesbury, Suttons,
Wakefield, York, Yarmouth
Barnstaple, Arcadia, Chelsea, Chudleigh, Newport, Newark, Fairfield,
Plowden, Port Mahon, Hopewell, Huntley, Hermitage, Hanbury, Halifax,
Hatfield, Kendal, Walderston, Warwick, Williamsfield, Marlborough,
- St. Ann
Aboukir, Aberdeen, Alderton, Armadale, Brittonville, Brunswick,
Buckfield, Camperdown, Cascade, Cardiff Hall, Cave Hill,
Clarksonville, Cranbrook, Essex, Gibraltar, Gloucester Hall,
Grierfield, Kensington, Knutsford, Lydford, New England, Queenhyte,
Scarborough,Salisbury, Sussex, Weymouth, Windsor, Woolwich, Woodbury
- St. Catherine
Hellshire, Ewarton, Portmore, Linstead, Riversdale, Banbury,
Berkshire, Berwick, Chatworth, Crawle, Edbury, Everton, Fort
Henderson, Greenwhich, Highgate, Innswood, Oxford, Sligoville,
Twickenham Park, Worcester
- St. Mary
Ballards Valley, charlottenburgh, Chatsworth, Fort George,Greenwood,
Green Castle,Haddersfield, Huddersfield, Highgate, Koningsburgh,
Reddington, Wallingford, Windsor Castle
Port Royal, Rollington Town, Newport East, Bournemouth Gardens,
Denham Town, Allman Town, Fletcher’s Town, Franklin Town
Burlington, Durham, Fairfield, Ipswich, Islington, Kensington,
Kildare, Lennox,Marlborough Castle, Melrose, Monmouth, Norwich,
St. Margaret’s Bay, Sherwood Forest, Shrewsbury, Windsor Castle
- St. Andrew
New Castle, Barbican, Belvedere, Bideford, Bloxburgh, Castleton,Charlton, Chestervale, Flamstead, Hillsborough, Middleton, Rockingham, Swallowfield
- St. Thomas
Albion, Arcadia, Bariff Castle, Belford, Bowden, Buckingham, Boxford
Lodge, Chesterfield, Duckenfield, Easington, Edinburgh Castle,
Glasgow, Heart Ease, Highland Castle, Ness Castle, Rowlandsfield,
Seaforth, Thornton, Wilmington, Winchester
Whew! And this list is just a feature of some of the most popular ones. I put it to you that the majority of places in Jamaica still has an English association.
And one thing that might surprise you too is the fact that several parishes share similar local place names.
For example, Hopeton. It is one of those places that seems to be in almost every parish!
So yeah, just in case someone had any question or doubt about which imperial power had the most impact on Jamaica.
Well, let's just say that the place names say it all!
But thank you again Shantae. I hope this information was helpful.
For a more comprehensive list, be sure to read the places names in Jamaica by ethnic association
. You'll like it :-)
P.S. See also: Spanish Place Names In Jamaica
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