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Caribbean Dog Names

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Caribbean dog names bring back the fun of a tropical vacation every time you call your dog! Below you’ll find names for Caribbean locales, Caribbean food and drink, and more.

As our regular readers know, before we were pet writers, we were travel writers. We specialized in guidebooks to the Caribbean, especially Jamaica, and we were lucky enough to travel to the region every few weeks for research trips. (Yes, it was a tough job but someone had to do it…) We’ve used several of these Caribbean names in our own family: Irie, Tiki, Ochi and Coco!

Caribbean dog names
  • Anancy — A Jamaican folk character (a spider) who tricks people to get what he wants.
  • Atlantis
  • Bamboo
  • BeeWee — The local nickname of the former BWIA West Indies Airways.
  • Bredda
  • Carib
  • Carnival
  • Cay — Another word for Key.
  • Conch –  You’re probably familiar with this mollusk because of its shell: a beautiful pink curl nearly a foot long that, when blown by those in the know, can produce a whistle. The shell covers a huge piece of white meat with a rubbery texture, as well as a “foot,” the appendage used by the conch to drag itself along the ocean floor in search of food.
  • Coco
  • Coqui
  • Coral
  • Day O
  • Duppy — ghost
  • Firefly — Noel Coward’s Jamaica estate
  • Goldeneye — Ian Fleming’s Jamaica estate
  • Grouper
dog name Irie
Our dog named Irie really lived up to her name; everything was good with Irie!
  • Irie — all’s well, good
  • Jump Up — No, you might not want your dog to jump up but this term refers to street festivals and carnivals.
  • Junkanoo — A Bahamian celebration held on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and some summer Saturdays known especially known for its whistles and cowbells.
  • Limin’
  • Marley
  • Pimento –known in the US as allspice
  • Playa
  • Poinciana
  • Piton
  • Sandals
  • Sandy
  • Scuba
  • Snorkel
  • Tiki
  • Tortuga
  • Wadadli — A local name for Antigua.
  • Zenaida — A large dove, sometimes reaching 12 inches in length. It has pinkish brown coloration with a white streak on its tail feathers and frequently travels in pairs, feeding on the ground. In flight, the Zenaida dove emits a unique whistle, caused by air rushing around its wings.

Caribbean Names Related to Food

  • Ackee — Ackee is a small fruit when cooked resembles (and tastes) much like scrambled eggs.
  • Bammy
  • Banana
  • Bulla
  • Callaloo – This leafy vegetable resembles spinach and is used similarly. Don’t miss the callaloo soup, usually spiced up with saltfish. The vegetable originally comes from India, but is seen throughout the Caribbean these days.
  • Cashew
  • Chocho – This member of the squash family is known as chayote or christophene on some islands. It can be served boiled or used in dishes.
  • CouCou — a cornmeal and okra dish
  • Curry
  • Festival — This bread is frequently served with jerk and is similar to hush puppies.
  • Fungi — (pronounced foon-gee), a tasty accompaniment that’s somewhat like cornbread dressing
  • Ginger
  • Guava – This small green fruit is used in many Caribbean desserts, such as ice cream, fruit sauces, jellies and more. Usually the fruit has been blended to eliminate dealing with its many seeds.
  • Guinep – This small green fruit looks somewhat like a small lime. To eat one, pop the flesh out from the skin and suck on it (don’t eat the seed). Young boys often sell guineps by the side of the road.
  • Johnnycake
  • Mammee – The Mammee Apple is an unusual fruit that can be tough to find in the markets. Eaten raw or used as a filling, the mammee apple has the taste of a mango and peach combined.
  • Mango
  • Mauby — A drink (sometimes carbonated) made from the bark of the Colubrina genus tree.
  • Patty — a turnover filled with spicy meat
  • Pawpaw — Jamaicans call the papaya a pawpaw and the product of the exotic-looking papaya tree (tall as a coconut with wide leaves similar to a fig) is found in desserts, juices, and other menu items.
  • Pumpkin – Unlike our sweet pumpkin, this West Indian pumpkin is a small, nonsweet vegetable that is used like an acorn squash.
  • Roti — a burrito-like fast food that traces its roots to India
  • Sorrel – . If you visit a Jamaican home or office during the Christmas season, expect to be served this wonderful drink that can be presented with or without alcohol. It is made from sorrel petals, the Hibiscus sabdariffa, an annually blooming plant that matures in December. The red stems and sepals are used to make the sorrel drink or jelly.
  • Tamarind
  • Ting
  • Toto (no, not THAT Toto; this is a small coconut cake served in Jamaica)

Beer- and Alcohol-Inspired Caribbean Dog Names

  • Appleton
  • Bacardi
  • Banks
  • Carib
  • Cruzan
  • Don Q
  • Kabuli
  • Kalik
  • Malibu
  • Mojito
  • Myer
  • Presidente
  • Pusser
  • Red Stripe
  • Tia Maria

Names Inspired by Islands and Cities

  • Abaco
  • Andros
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua
  • Antilles
  • Aruba
  • Bahama
  • Barbuda
  • Bimini
  • BVI
  • Caicos
  • Cayman
  • Croix
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • DR
  • Grenada
  • Haiti
  • Indies
  • Jamaica
  • Jost
  • Juan
  • Kitts
  • Leeward
  • Lucea
  • Lucia
  • Mona
  • Montego
  • Nassau
  • Nevis
  • Ochi — nickname of Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • Porty — nickname of Port Antonio, Jamaica
  • Rico
  • Thomas
  • Tobago
  • Tortola
  • Trini
  • Vincent

Names Inspired by Caribbean Pirates

  • Blackbeard —  In true pirate fashion which dictated that the more outrageous a man looked, the more he was feared, Blackbeard tucked hemp fuses beneath his hat, lighting them to produce a cloud of smoke as he approached.
  • Bonny — Anne Bonny, previously married before meeting the dashing Calico Jack and turning to a life as a pirate. In 1720, Calico Jack’s ship, with a crew which included Bonny, was captured off Jamaica. The revelation that Bonny women was pregnant delayed her execution. Anne’s fate was never known.
  • Buccaneer
  • Calico — The notorious Calico Jack, a pirate nicknamed for his striped pants. Captain Calico Jack was hanged near Port Royal, Jamaica.
  • Doubloon
  • Royal — Port Royal, a waystation for pirates who returned from their expeditions laden with gold, silver, and jewels. Once called “the wickedest city in Christendom.”
  • Treasure
  • Yo ho ho — Skip the bottle of rum, but we can see shouting out “yo, ho ho” to call your dog, surely one of the most creative Caribbean dog names!

Caribbean Music

  • Calypso
  • Mento – The first commercial music of the island was mento, a sound brought to Jamaica from Africa generations earlier. Mento first became popular in the 1950s with groups like Pork Chops Rumba Box Band of Montego Bay and The Ticklers. Today many resort visitors are greeted in hotel lobbies by three- and four-man mento bands who play island tunes to incoming guests. Mento bands usually include a banjo player, a performer shaking maracas, and a rumba box player.
  • Reggae
  • Rumba – A rumba box is a homemade thumb piano; the player sits on the wooden box and thumps metal strips which, through a circular hole in the box, reverberate and give the music its distinctive beat.
  • Ska – In the late 1950s, mento evolved into ska, a sound that emphasized guitar strings strummed on the upbeat, rather than the downbeat.
  • Soca
  • Zouk

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