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This is the name of Sacajawea's abusive husband, a French Canadian fur trader.
-- Lakota_so_italian  1/22/2006
Toussaint-L'Ouverture was one of the leaders in the Haitian Revolution in the 1790s.
-- Melusine  5/3/2006
Venerable Pierre Toussaint was born a slave in Haiti in 1766 and died in New York City in 1853. As a slave he was brought to New York in 1787 and was apprenticed under a popular hairstylist in the city. He eventually became the most sought after hairdresser of high society women. Upon the death of his master he gained his freedom and was very successful as one of the country's first black entrepreneurs. He became wealthy, but instead of spending lavishly on himself, he supported the Church and the poor buying the freedom of many slaves. He and his wife sheltered orphans, refugees, and other street people in their home. He was the founder of many charitable works in the Catholic Church including one of New York's first orphanages and raised money for the city's cathedral. Even during yellow fever epidemics, Toussaint would risk his life to help others by nursing the sick and praying with the dying. On December 18, 1996 Pope John Paul II declared Pierre Toussaint VENERABLE in recognition of his heroic virtue. He is only lay person interred in St Patrick's Cathedral in New York City today.
-- EyeSeaHearEwe  1/17/2011
I love the name because it is Christian and honors a venerable man.
-- EyeSeaHearEwe  1/17/2011
This seems to me more like a French surname than an actual given name. I could see it being a fitting name if the baby were born on All Saints' Day, but other than that is seems a bit pretentious.
-- erb816  3/26/2013
I believe it's pronounced something like TOO-sawn (superscript n) or maybe too-SAWn, but I'm not positive.
-- Anonymous User  8/25/2013
Toussaint is a relatively rare name in France, but in my opinion a very handsome one. Its height of popularity was in 1902, but even then it was only given to 112 baby boys.
-- bonjour_mon_joli  8/25/2013
Very rare.
-- luxsword  4/28/2014
This given name is derived from Toussaint, the French name for the Christian feast day All Saints' Day, which is celebrated on November 1st every year. The French name for the feast day is a contraction of French "tous les saints" meaning "all [of] the saints". (in French)

French parents would bestow this name upon their sons in honour of All Saints' Day, especially if the child in question was actually born on All Saints' Day. An example of this is the French count and admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte (1720-1791): (in English)

The given name first came into use in late medieval times and has never been particularly common in France. It eventually also came into use as a patronymic surname, in which form it is most commonly encountered in this day and age., Toussaint, 2277, 15970.asp (in French).
-- Lucille  9/1/2015

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