As I find new research materials, I’ll dump their links here.
Mandaly used to talk occasionally about names on her blog Sweet Coconuts. Some of her best posts are:
How is the letter r pronounced? I was told it was silent? Example how do you say the name Robertson? Like in English or is r silent making it Obertson? Is it silent at beginning or word and not when in middle? explains some of the changes names undergo when they’re pronounced in Kreyol.
Forum discussions about Haitian names:
This mailing list discussion starts off ominously shallow, then turns interesting as Haitians weigh in.
#4122: Odd names in Haiti is a discussion of the myriad of Haitian surnames ending in -us.
Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, by Amy Wilentz
The Monkey and the Smoking Gun, by Arthur Fournier
Sezon sechres Ayiti, by Emmanuel W. Vedrine
Lape nan vant (search for “Nanpwenfanm”)
To understand the past few decades of Haitian names, look no further than the wild and woolly name culture of Haiti’s neighbor Cuba.
The History of Haitian Names
Slavery and Social Death, by Orlando Patterson, talks about slaves’ names in the French Caribbean.
The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution, by Malick W. Ghachem, talks at length about the social status of “white” names in colonial Haiti and white anxiety about black and mulatto people’s use of those names.
The Haitian Maroons: Liberty or Death, by Jean Fouchard, has a chapter on the names chosen by runaway slaves, called “maroons.”
Places to Find Haitian Names
The Association de Genealogie d’Haiti gives access to the Archives Nationales d’Haïti Database, which contains birth, baptism, marriage, and death registers from 1793 to the late 1800’s. As of 2/26/2016, there were 770,959 records in the database.
FamilySearch lets you search by location.
The Ellis Island Passenger Search lets you search passenger lists by name. Open the Wizard to search by birthplace.
“The Spirits in My Mother’s Head,” by Gina Athena Ulysse