Germans in Jamaica

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Germans in Jamaica
Deutsche siedlung in Jamaika
Regions with significant populations
Jamaica
(Westmoreland, Trelawny)
Languages
Jamaican English, German (former)
Religion
Seventh-day Adventist
Related ethnic groups
Other Germans, other White Jamaicans

Germans in Jamaica or German Jamaicans, are Jamaicans of German ancestry. The population was established in the 1830s when the abolition of slavery resulted in a labour shortage on the Caribbean island. Lord Seaford, who owned the Montpelier Estate and Shettlewood Pen in St. James established a European settlement in Westmoreland in order to combat the shortage, and over one thousand Germans migrated to Jamaica.[1]


The German language is no longer used on the island, but some German words have entered the Jamaican vernacular.[2] Many Jamaicans in Seaford and German Town in Westmoreland carry heavy European features such as blue eyes, blond hair, freckles and white skin, as a result of the German genetic influences.[2]

Notable people[edit]

Surnames[edit]

Bunnaman, Eldermire, Gardner/Gartner, Groskopf, Hacker, Kameka, Kleinhans, Nembhard, Radlein, Somers/Summers, Wahrmann, Wedemire/Wodemire, Schleifer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Arrival of the GERMANS". Jamaica Gleaner. 2 March 2004. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Seaford Town: Westmoreland". Jamaica National Heritage Trust. 2005. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved 2009-04-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)