Birth records with no name given to infant

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Birth records with no name given to infant

Postby Teri » Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:38 pm

Does anyone know whether it was common to have no name for an infant on Jamaican birth records of the late 1800's? I have found what has to be the birth record (1887, District of Adelphi, Parish of St. James) of my great-aunt because the parents' names and father's occupation are listed- however, under name (for the baby) it is blank, under sex, it is written female.

According to a book about the Maroons ("Maroon Heritage: Archaeological Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives" ed. E. Kofi Agorsah, 1994 Canoe Press) it was a common practice to delay the giving of a name to a child among Maroons, and on the birth records it was left blank.

Any comments or ideas? Thanks in advance!
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Re: Birth records with no name given to infant

Postby Madeleine Mitchell » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:52 am

It was fairly common if the child had not been christened but the birth was registered. The parents did not have to go back and give the name of the churched child. I do not think this was limited to the Maroons. This knowledge is gained from reading many birth records in the Civil Registration films of the LDS church. Madeleine
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