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Toulouse Surname History

The history of the Toulouse family goes back to the Medieval landscape of southern France, to a region known as Languedoc. It is derived from the family living in the city of Toulouse, one of the major urban centers in the south of France.

Early Origins of the Toulouse family

The surname Toulouse was first found in Languedoc where they held a family seat as members of the aristocracy in that region. The main line of the Toulouse family emerged as the Comtes de Lautrec.

The first of this line was Raymond I, Count of Toulouse (died 865) who was the Count of Limoges, Rouergue, Quercy, Toulouse and Albi. On his death, his brother Fredelo, (Fredelo, Fridolo, or Frigidolo) who died in 852 assumed the title and some regard him as the first Count of Toulouse (844-852.) This line survived until Raymond VII, Count of Toulouse (1197-1249.) Shortly after his death, the county was annexed by France.

Early History of the Toulouse family

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Toulouse Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Toulouse some of which are Toulouse, Toulous, Tolouse and others.

Early Notables of the Toulouse family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Toulouse family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Toulouse Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Rene Toulouse, who arrived in Quebec from Languedoc in 1758

Contemporary Notables of the name Toulouse (post 1700)

  • Stephen "Stepto" Toulouse (1972-2017), American Director of Xbox Live Policy and Enforcement at Microsoft
  • Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse -Lautrec-Monfa (b. 1864), also known as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist and illustrator
  • Vaughn Toulouse (1959-1991), born Vaughn Cotillard, Jersey singer from St. Helier, founding member of Guns for Hire and its successor band Department S

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