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The Name Game

Today’s Caymanian History lesson will focus on 3 uniquely caymanian last names of Ebanks, Bodden, and Watler.

Many repeat visitors to cayman will soon come to notice the last name of Ebanks is very prominent in all three Cayman Islands. This name is said to be a version of “Eubanks“.In fact, If you were to look in the phone book, the last name with the most pages would be….. Ebanks

I can pretty much guarantee that if you meet an Ebanks in any part of the world, somewhere down the line he has Caymanian heritage.

Bodden is the next name on our list. “Derived from “Bowden“, who along with the Watlers were the first the first permanent settlers in Grand Cayman. This is also where the district and former capital, Bodden Town comes from.

The final name is Watler. “Derived from “Walter”. Once again another of the first settlers to Cayman from Jamaica. A Watler created what is now the Mastic trail which is located a few short miles from The Reef.

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2 Comments

  1. tmchismo20
    Posted April 11, 2008 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Hello, my name is Tiffany Chisholm. I am related to the Chisholm’s in Grand Cayman. Can you tell me how far back we go?

  2. Prospect
    Posted April 14, 2008 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Hello Tiffany,

    I dont know with any certainty how far the Chisholms would go back in Cayman, but i do know that most Chisolms in Cayman come from the district of North Side. The Cayman National Archives could possible have more info.

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