Lebanese immigration to Jamaica

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Lebanese Jamaican
Lebanese community in Jamaica
Total population
20,000 [1]
Regions with significant populations
Jamaican English, Jamaican Patois, Arabic
Mostly Christian and some Muslim
Related ethnic groups
Lebanese people

A Lebanese Jamaican is a Jamaican citizen of Lebanese origin or descent. There are around 20,000 Jamaicans of Lebanese origin. Jamaica has the second largest Lebanese population in the Caribbean, after Haiti.


The Lebanese also introduced the popular flat bread known as "Syrian bread", a staple of their diet in Jamaican cuisine.

Surnames of the first Lebanese families in Jamaica[edit]

Surnames of the first Lebanese families in Jamaica

Ammar, Azan, Bardowell, Dabdoub, Fadil, Feanny, Haddad, Hamaty, Hanna, Issa, Karam, Khaleel (formerly Malik), Khoury, Mahfood, Matar, Shoucair, Marzouca, Sleem, Subban, Younis, Zacca and Ziadie.[2]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Jamaica – People Groups
  2. ^ a b Jamaica Gleaner. 2012-02-24 http://jamaica-gleaner.com/pages/history/story0056.htm. Retrieved 2012-02-24.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Edward Seaga: The Jamaican Visionary