Caribbean Submitted Surnames

Caribbean names are used on the islands of the Caribbean Sea.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Aimé Haitian Creole, French (African)
Means "loved, love" in French.
Alfred English, Caribbean
Derived from the given name Alfred.
Almánzar Spanish (Caribbean)
Derived from Arabic المنظر (al manẓar) meaning "the view" or "the lookout". This surname is primarily used in the Dominican Republic.
Ballou Haitian Creole, French (Caribbean), French
The Ballou name comes from that Medieval landscape of northwestern France known as Brittany. The name Ballou was originally derived from the family having lived in Brittany, where this distinguished family was established from ancient times... [more]
Bien-Aimé Haitian Creole
Means "beloved" from French bien meaning "good" and aimé meaning "love".
Bonaparte Italian (Rare), French (Rare), Judeo-Italian (Rare), American (Rare), Caribbean (Rare)
Variant and French form of Buonaparte. This is also a Jewish surname. A notable bearer was Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1820), who ruled as Emperor of France from 1804 through 1814 and again briefly in 1815, who was of Italian (Tuscan) ancestry... [more]
Boodhoo Mauritian Creole, Trinidadian Creole
Derived from Sanskrit बुध् (budh) meaning "awakened, intelligent, wise".
Buisson French, Haitian Creole (Rare)
Topographic name for someone who lived in an area of scrub land or by a prominent clump of bushes from (Old) French buisson "bush scrub" (a diminutive of bois "wood"); or a habitational name from (Le) Buisson the name of several places in various parts of France named with this word.
Bwire Spanish (Caribbean)
A name that originated from the Dominican Republic then mostly used in Eastern Africa.
Césaire French (Caribbean), Haitian Creole
From the given name Césaire. A notable bearer was Aimé Césaire (1913-2008), a Martiniquais politician and writer.
Charlton English, Caribbean
Location last name from any of the numerous places called Charlton, from Old English Ceorlatun meaning "settlement of the peasants"... [more]
Dauphin French, Haitian Creole
From the given name Dauphin a medieval form of Delphinus.
Delancey Bahamian Creole, English
Possibly derived from a place named Lancey, France.
Desrouleaux French, Haitian Creole
Means "of the scrolls" in French. It is a occupational name for a scribe, a person who serves as a professional copyist, especially one who made copies of manuscripts before the invention of automatic printing... [more]
Destine Haitian Creole, French (Rare)
From French Destiné, originally a nickname meaning "destined".
Deveaux French, Bahamian Creole
Means "of the valleys", derived from French val "valley".
Devon Jamaican Patois (Modern, Rare)
The name Devon is of English and Irish origin and means "Warrior of God". This name is also very common in the British West Indies, especially Jamaica.
Dorsainvil Haitian Creole
Ornamental name derived from French d'or meaning "of gold" combined with saint "holy" and vil "settlement" (the Haitian Creole spelling of French ville).
Estimé Haitian Creole, French
Means "valued, esteemed" in French.
Etienam Nigerian, Ibibio (?), Spanish (Caribbean, ?)
This is a name which originates from the Calabar/Akwa Ibom region of southeastern Nigeria. It means "a doer of good, or benevolent". It is also found in Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean such as Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Cuba (El Oriente) which have populations of people of Ibibio/Efik decent known as "Carabali".
Figaroa Papiamento
Papiamento form of Figueroa.
Fils-Aimé Haitian Creole
Means "beloved son" from French fils meaning "son" and aimé "love".
Geisslerra Spanish (Caribbean)
Spanish form of Geißler found in Cuba and Argentina from German Ancestors
Gopaul Mauritian Creole, Trinidadian Creole
Derived from the given name Gopal.
Heron French, Caribbean
Either derived from the given name Heron, or given to someone who resembled a heron bird.
Hilaire Haitian Creole, French
From the given name Hilaire.
Hippolyte French, Haitian Creole
From the given name Hippolyte 2, Variant of Hyppolite.
Hosein Persian, Trinidadian Creole
Derived from the given name Hosein.
Hyppolite French, French (Caribbean)
From the given name Hyppolite, variant of Hippolyte.
Jean-baptiste Haitian Creole, French
From the French given name Jean-Baptiste.
Jean-louis Haitian Creole
From the given names Jean and Louis.
Jeune French, Haitian Creole
Derived from the French word jeune "young" (from Latin iuvenis). It found more common in Haiti... [more]
Jolicoeur French (Quebec), Haitian Creole
From Old French joli "joyful, cheerful" and cuer "heart". It was originally a nickname for a cheerful person. This was a frequent French Canadian secondary surname (or dit name).
Labonté French (Quebec), Haitian Creole, Mauritian Creole
From French la bonté meaning "(the) kindness, (the) goodness", originally used as a soldier's name and perhaps also as a nickname for a benevolent person. This surname is rare in France.
Lafleur French, French (Caribbean)
from la fleur "the flower" used as a soldier's name and also as a servant's name; it was one of the most common nicknames (noms de guerre) among French soldiers.
Lefils French, Haitian Creole
Derived from French le "the" and fils "son". This was originally a nickname to distinguish a son from his father with the same given name.
Maceo Spanish (Caribbean)
Derived from the given name Maceo.
Mahabir Indian, Trinidadian Creole
From Sanskrit महत् (mahát) meaning "great, large, big" combined with वीर (vīrá) meaning "man, hero, husband".
Maharaj Indian, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Trinidadian Creole
Means "great king" or "great ruler" from Sanskrit महा (mahā) meaning "great, large, big" combined with राज (rāja) meaning "king, sovereign".
Maraj Indian, Trinidadian Creole
Shortened form of Maharaj. A notable bearer is singer Onnika Maraj-Petty (1982-), professionally known as Nicki Minaj.
Marcelin French, Haitian Creole
From the given name Marcelin.
Martinique French, Antillean Creole, French (Caribbean)
From the French department named Martinique.
McKenley Scottish, Jamaican Patois
Variant of McKinley. This surname was borne by Herb McKenley (1922-2007), a Jamaican track and field sprinter.
Meneses Spanish (Caribbean)
Meneses is my maternal grandfather's surname. He was born in Cuba in 1888 but his family came from Spain in the 1800's... [more]
Mercedes Spanish (Caribbean)
Means "mercies," from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, María de las Mercedes, meaning "Mary of Mercies."
Mercure French (Quebec), Mauritian Creole, Haitian Creole
From the given name Mercure, making it a cognate of Mercurio. A known bearer was Canadian actress Monique Mercure (1930-2020).
Mighty Jamaican Patois
Apparently a nickname for a very strong man from English mighty "very strong".
Molière French, Haitian Creole
habitational name from La Molière the name of several places in various parts of France.
Nápoles Spanish, Portuguese, Spanish (Caribbean)
Spanish and Portuguese cognate of Napoli; habitational name from the Italian city of Naples, which is called Nápoles in Spanish and Portuguese.
Ocasio Spanish (Caribbean)
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Spanish ocasión meaning "occasion" or ocaso meaning "dusk, sunset". This surname is primarily used in Puerto Rico.
Pamphile French, Haitian Creole
From the given name Pamphile.
Payen French, French (Caribbean)
From the old French given names Pagen Paien from Latin paganus "pagan"... [more]
Persad Indian, Trinidadian Creole
Indo-Trinidadian variant of Prasad.
Persaud Indian (Expatriate), South American, Caribbean
Indo-Guyanese form of Prasad. This is the most common surname in Guyana.
Policier French (Caribbean), Haitian Creole
From French meaning "policeman".
Pozo Spanish (Caribbean)
Means "well", as in wishing well
Prophète French, Haitian Creole
Originally a nickname (possibly ironic) from French prophète "prophet", making it a cognate of Profeta.
Ramkissoon Trinidadian Creole, Mauritian Creole, South African, South American
Altered form of Ramakrishnan used mainly in Trinidad and Tobago, Mauritius, South Africa and Guyana. This surname is not used in India.
Ramnarine Indian, Trinidadian Creole
From Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant" combined with a form of the given name Narayana.
Rampersad Indian, Trinidadian Creole, Mauritian Creole
From Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant, charming" combined with प्रसाद (prasāda) meaning "clearness, brightness, purity". It is primarily used by the Indian community in Trinidad and Tobago as well as Mauritius.
Rigaud French, Haitian Creole
from the ancient Germanic personal name Ricwald composed of ric "powerful" and wald "power authority".
Saint-Amour French (Caribbean)
Means "Saint Amor" in French.
Saint-Fleur French (Caribbean)
Means "Saint Fleur" in French.
Saint-Juste French (Caribbean)
Means "Saint Justus" in French.
Saint-Louis French (Caribbean)
Means "Saint Louis" in French.
Sinema Haitian Creole, Swahili, Turkish
The name Ireally doesI mean "Movie Theater" ("Cinema"). Other related words: "Picture, Charades, Bilet."
St Fleur Haitian Creole
From the French place name St Fleur.
St Germain French, Haitian Creole
From a French place named for Saint Germanus.
Strachan Scottish, Caribbean
Scottish habitational name from a place in the parish of Banchory, Kincardineshire, which is first recorded in 1153 in the form Strateyhan, and is perhaps named from Gaelic srath ‘valley’ + eachain, genitive case of eachan ‘foal’.
St-vil Haitian Creole, French (Caribbean), French
From the place named St Vil.
Sully French, Haitian Creole
from any of the various places called Sully for example in Calvados Loiret Saone-et-Loire and Oise. The first of these is recorded in 1180 as Silleium from the Gallo-Roman personal name Silius or Cilius and the Latin locative element acum... [more]
Tavárez Spanish (Caribbean)
Spanish form of Tavares chiefly used in the Dominican Republic.
Valentin German, Upper German, German (Swiss), Romansh, French, French (Quebec), Haitian Creole, Croatian, Jewish
Derived from the given name Valentin. It was sometimes adopted as a personal name by Jews.
Woodruff English, Caribbean
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of land where woodruff grew, Anglo-Saxon wudurofe composed of wudu "wood" with a second element of unknown origin.
Yarzagaray Spanish (Caribbean), Papiamento (?)
Aruban surname of Basque origin.
Zayas Spanish, Caribbean
Derives from the Basque word 'zai', meaning watchman or guard.