The French surname Tousignant is of baptismal origin, being derived from a name conferred upon a child at the time of christening. In this instance, the surname Tousignant is traceable to the French term "toussaint" or All Saints' Day and would have referred to a child who was born or baptized on that day. All Saint's Day, also called All-Hallow's Day, has been, since ancient times, considered an auspicious time of year, signaling the onset of the Winter.
Early Origins of the Tousignant family
The surname Tousignant was first found in the region of Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where they held lands and estates, signaling their status as prominent French citizens.
Early History of the Tousignant family
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Tousignant Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Toussaint, Tousaint, Toussain, Tousing, Tusing, Tousignant, Toustain, Tousant and many more.
Early Notables of the Tousignant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tousignant family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Marie Jeanne Toussaint who settled in Quebec in 1670; Christopher Tousing who settled in Maryland in 1673; Catherine Toussaint who arrived in Louisiana in 1719.
Contemporary Notables of the name Tousignant (post 1700)
- Claude Tousignant OC (b. 1932), Canadian artist from Montreal, Quebec
- Mathieu Tousignant (b. 1989), Canadian professional ice hockey player
- Major-General Guy Tousignant CMM, CD (b. 1941), Canadian Force Commander of UNAMIR in August 1994
- Henri Tousignant (b. 1937), Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons
- Luc Tousignant (b. 1958), former Canadian quarterback in the Canadian Football League