Lebanese Jamaicans

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Lebanese Jamaicans
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Jamaican English · Jamaican Patois · Arabic
Mostly Muslims and some Christians[1]
Related ethnic groups
Lebanese people

Lebanese Jamaicans refers to Jamaican citizens 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 families in Jamaica[edit]

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. ^ a b "Arab, Lebanese in Jamaica". joshuaproject.net. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Tortello, Rebecca (6 October 2003). "Out Of Many Cultures - The People Who Came - The Arrival Of The Lebanese". jamaica-gleaner.com. Archived from the original on 10 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Beckford, Mark (23 July 2007). "Fakhouries vouch for peace - Sister and baby brother look to go one-two in St Ann". Jamaica Gleaner. Archived from the original on 29 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Kentish, Tamekia (2007). "Edward Seaga - The Jamaican Visionary". my-island-jamaica.com. Archived from the original on 28 December 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2016.