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.