Negril Jamaica Name
WHERE DOES THE NAME ‘NEGRIL’ COME FROM
Negril. Have you ever read something and thought “Well, I never knew that!” I have and on a daily basis as well.
Working on this Jamaica Villas Blog and announcing to the reading world about Negril and Villas Sur Mer I thought I knew pretty much everything about the place but, as it transpires, I don’t, I know very little.
Anyone reading this Blog would know that I trawl the Internet for items of interest for anyone staying at Villas Sur Mer in Negril and often I stumble on websites that area useful to me, well, I came upon Visit and under the sections “Things to know” I read the following item of information:
“Negril, a shortened version of “Negrillo”, meaning ‘little black ones’, was named by the Spanish in 1494. There are two theories as to how it got its name: Firstly, the black cliffs south of the village, and secondly, the large amount of black eels along Negril’s coast.”
I’m not too sure about that. I know that in the Spanish language “Negrillo” would refer to a small black male person and I know that there is a race of dwarf people in parts of Africa but that is a long way from Jamaica, for my money’s worth, I would suggest Negrillo refers to the tree Alamo Negro, there are varieties in Jamaica and no doubt, there are some in Negril.
I don’t buy the “little Black eels” theory as they are “Anguilas” and the black cliffs? No, I don’t go for that either as they are Acantilados! I’m going for the tree theory, if I’m wrong, I’m sure you will let me know.