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[JAMAICA] Slave names 1817

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Looking at slave names listed in the 1817 Register for St Mary's
Jamaica at the National Archives, Kew, London, I noticed that the
names were listed as

nameA nameB nameC
and looked very much as if each person had two names.

Another plantation listed names as Original name and Baptismal name,
and I wondered if something like that was going on.

Examples of the names were

Briton Charles Nicholas Pallmer aged 28

Quamin Richard Davis 31

Alexander Alexander Logan 16

Osonoko James Dawson 31

Dawson John Dawson 19

Beckford James Smith Lawes 36

Frederick William Hamilton 24

As well as wanting confirmation that my feeling that each had two
names is correct, I was puzzled by some of the names used.

The owner of the plantation, to Dec 1795 when he died, was Francis
Dennis. His wife was Mary Burke (or Bourke), and his heirs were his
young daughters, aged 13 and 11 when he died. One married James
Hewitt Massy-Dawson, the other married Hugh Ingoldsby Massy in 1801,
and then (he having died in 1805) Charles Nicholas Pallmer (who was
born in 1772, according to

A lot of the names in the previous paragraph appear in the slave
names, Charles Nicholas Pallmer being very obvious. But the heiress's
husband was not a member of the owner's family when Briton was born,
and was only 17 or so at the time. (References to him on the web deal
with his adult life.)

Briton's mother is named (Jane Simmons), so it seems likely that he
was born on the plantation (I did not have time to read all the

Is it likely that there was a great renaming sweep across the
plantation (or even island(s)?) in the early 19C - after 1805, and
possibly after 1812? (I cannot remember the date of the Pallmer


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