Jayden, Gabrielle most popular Jamaican baby names

Monday, June 11, 2012

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CHOOSING your baby’s name can be fun, but at times challenging. Even if you’re not inclined to use famous names, you may be inspired to use a popular name. The annual list of top babies named and registered at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), indicates that Gabrielle is the most commonly chosen name for baby girls by Jamaican parents, while Amelia falls in second place.


Statistics from the RGD ranked Jayden as the top name for baby boys, followed by Daniel. Although Jayden was also recorded as the top boy name for 2010, there was a 12.8 per cent decrease in its registered usage from 211 to 184 in 2011.


RGD’s civil registration database’s top five most popular first names for boys in 2011 in Jamaica were:


1. Jayden


2. Daniel


3.Joshua


4. Justin


5. Ajani & Jaden (both tied for 5th place)


Additionally, the top five most popular first names for girls in 2011 in Jamaica were:


1. Gabrielle


2. Amelia


3. Tianna


4. Brianna


5. Jada


Kingston recorded the highest number for the popular name Jayden, with 35 in 2011, while St Catherine recorded the highest number, 21, for the popular name Gabrielle.


The name Ajani increased its popularity as a first name in 2011, moving from eighth place in 2010 to fifth place. Similarly, the name Jada moved up in 2011 to hold the fifth place in the top first name for girls, compared to its ninth place hold in 2010. The name Anthony continued to reign as the most popular first middle name for boys in 2011 in Jamaica, with a total of 858 registrations; a reduction of 19.1 per cent when compared to 2010 with 1,061. The top first middle name for girls in 2011 was reported to be Abigail with 129 registrations, beating 2010’s top first middle name, Amanda, that recorded 141. Amanda as a top first middle name was third place behind Amelia in 2011.


Some parents may choose their babies’ names to reflect cultural beliefs. However, the RGD has been supplying mothers visiting the antenatal clinics with copies of a baby name booklet to assist with the naming of their children. Additionally, the RGD provides each baby born and registered with a name in public and private hospitals and birthing centres a first free copy of their birth certificates.


The RGD continues to encourage parents to choose names that will not pose a challenge for them or the child to spell or pronounce.


— RGD

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