Toussaint History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French surname Toussaint is of baptismal origin, being derived from a name conferred upon a child at the time of christening. In this instance, the surname Toussaint 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 Toussaint family

The surname Toussaint 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 Toussaint family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toussaint research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1694, 1715, 1746, 1772, 1791, 1800, 1802, and 1803 are included under the topic Early Toussaint History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Toussaint Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Toussaint, Tousaint, Toussain, Tousing, Tusing, Tousignant, Toustain, Tousant and many more.

Early Notables of the Toussaint family (pre 1700)

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Toussaint Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Toussaint migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Toussaint Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catherine Toussaint who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Margretha Toussaint who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763
Toussaint Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isaak Toussaint, aged 23, who arrived in New York, NY in 1854 [1]
  • Adele Toussaint who arrived in New York City in 1857

Canada Toussaint migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Toussaint Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Marie Jeanne Toussaint who settled in Quebec in 1670
Toussaint Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean Toussaint, who landed in Canada in 1714
  • Jean Toussaint, son of Barthélemi and Jeanne, who married Suzanne Mimaux, daughter of Jean and Suzanne, in Quebec on 26th November 1725 [2]
  • François Toussaint, son of François and Geneviève, who married Anne Coulon, daughter of François and Marie-Anne, in Varennes, Quebec on 30th January 1748 [2]
  • Pierre Toussaint, son of Jean and Marie, who married Thérèse Malouin, daughter of Louis and Marie-Jeanne, in Montreal, Quebec on 9th January 1758 [2]
  • Pierre Toussaint, son of Jean and Suzanne, who married Marie-Louise Jean, daughter of Pierre-Charles and Marie-Élisabeth, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 12th November 1759 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Toussaint (post 1700) +

  • Elizabeth "Beth" Toussaint (b. 1962), American actress, known for Scream 3 (2000), Red Eye (2005) and Savannah (1996) and her role as Ishara Yar in Star Trek Next Generation
  • Dany Gilbert Kiti "Touki" Toussaint (b. 1996), American professional baseball pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization
  • Roger Toussaint (b. 1956), American former President of TWU Local 100
  • Michel'le Denise Toussaint (b. 1970), known mononymously as Michel'le, an American R&B singer and songwriter
  • Fitzgerald Toussaint (b. 1990), American football running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Allen Toussaint (b. 1938), American musician, songwriter, arranger and record producer
  • Allen Toussaint (1938-2015), American musician and songwriter, known for his songs "Fortune Teller", "Working in the Coal Mine"
  • François-Vincent Toussaint (1715-1772), French writer, best known for Les Mœurs (The Manners) published in 1748, but he was immediately prosecuted and the book burned by the French court of justice
  • Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853), former slave from the French colony of Saint-Domingue who was brought to America in 1787; he eventually gained his freedom and became a noted philanthropist to the poor of the city
  • Olivier Toussaint, French composer, pop singer, orchestra arranger, company manager, and record producer
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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