Barbadians or Bajans (pronounced /ˈbən(z)/ BAY-jənz) are people who are identified with the country of Barbados, by being citizens or their descendants in the Barbadian diaspora. The connection may be residential, legal, historical or cultural. For most Barbadians, several (or all) of those connections exist and are collectively the source of their identity. Barbadians are a multi-ethnic and multicultural society of various ethnic, religious and national origins; therefore Barbadians do not necessarily equate their ethnicity with their Barbadian nationality.

Regions with significant populations
 Barbados 284,589 (2014)[1]
 United States65,653 (2013)[2]
 Canada37,780 (2016)[3]
 United Kingdom18,762 (2011)[4]
 Brazil5,000 (2016)
 Trinidad and Tobago1,147[5]
Bajan Creole, English
Predominantly Protestant
Related ethnic groups
Other Caribbean peoples (especially Afro-Caribbeans), Americo-Liberians, Kalinago

Ethnic groups

Most Barbadians are of African or mixed-race descent. They are descendants of slaves brought from West Africa. White Barbadians are mainly of British and Irish descent. There is also a small population of Syrians, Lebanese, Jewish, Indian and Chinese people in the country.[6][7]


Many Barbadians now live overseas and outside of Barbados; the majority have migrated to Anglophone countries, including around 65,000 in the United States, 37,780 in Canada, some 19,000 in the United Kingdom, and some 500–1,000 Barbadians in Liberia. In addition to Anglophone countries other groups of Barbadians have moved to Latin countries including Brazil, Cuba[8] and Panama.[9][10]

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