Jamaican Patois is locally known as Patois or Patwa and called Jamaican-Creole by linguists. Patois is an English lexified creole language with West African influences spoken in Jamaica and Jamaica diaspora, not to be confused with Jamaican English or Rastafarian. The language originated in the 17the century when slaves from West Africa were exposed to and learned the vernacular of their slave masters, British English and Scots. Jamaicans themselves usually refer to their language as Patois, a French term without a precise definition. To continue your search for Jamaican, French or West African baby names and name meanings please visit our categories at Baby Name World.