Our Jamaican name database contains 16.066 Jamaican first names and 8.029 Jamaican surnames categorized by gender and frequency. After payment you can download the Jamaican name database in CSV, SQL or JSON format and use it freely in your projects. The Jamaican names are validated using official governmental databases we received in other countries which contained Jamaican names as well. To create the Jamaican name database we used 148.534 validated Jamaican social media profiles. We have a detailed explanation of our methodology and illustrate our approach with several examples.

Jamaican first names

In Jamaica, parents often pick a first name based on cultural and religious traditions. Many parents choose names with biblical or African roots, and some may also choose names based on family history or personal significance. Some parents also consider the meanings and symbolism of the name when making their choice. Ultimately, the decision is a personal one, and parents will often choose a name that they feel best represents their child and their family.

Popular male Jamaican names

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Chris 1.719 2.0% American British Canadian
James 1.524 1.7% British American Australian
David 1.521 1.7% American British Spanish
Paul 1.403 1.6% British American Dutch
Mark 1.221 1.4% American British Dutch
Michael 1.219 1.4% American British German
John 1.197 1.4% American British Canadian
Tom 1.189 1.4% British American Dutch
Matt 1.080 1.2% American British Canadian
Alex 1.073 1.2% American British Spanish
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 148.534 Jamaican social media profiles from which 87.384 (59%) is male.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular female Jamaican names

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Sarah 1.148 1.9% British American Canadian
Emma 881 1.4% British American Irish
Laura 829 1.4% British American Spanish
Amy 700 1.1% American British Canadian
Katie 646 1.1% American British Canadian
Hannah 646 1.1% British American Australian
Rachel 603 1.0% American British Canadian
Emily 590 1.0% American British Canadian
Lauren 586 1.0% American British Australian
Jessica 543 0.9% American British Brazilian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 148.534 Jamaican social media profiles from which 61.150 (41%) is female.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular Jamaican surnames

In Jamaica, surnames generally follow the traditional Western pattern of passing down the father's surname to the children. However, it is not uncommon for people to also have multiple surnames, as they may also take on their mother's maiden name as a middle name or additional surname. Additionally, some people may choose to hyphenate their surnames to reflect both their father and mother's surnames.

Last name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Smith 1.444 1.0% American British Canadian
Jones 1.146 0.8% American British Canadian
Brown 846 0.6% American British Canadian
Williams 837 0.6% American British Canadian
Taylor 822 0.6% American British Canadian
Johnson 724 0.5% American British Canadian
Wilson 559 0.4% American British Canadian
Walker 447 0.3% American British Canadian
Davies 445 0.3% British American Australian
Thompson 420 0.3% American British Canadian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 148.534 Jamaican social media profiles.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this last name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.