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Touré is the French transcription of a West African surname (English transcriptions are Turay and Touray). The name is probably derived from tùùré, the word for 'elephant' in Soninké, the language of the Ghana Empire.[1]


Notable people with the surname include:

Notable people with the forename include:

  • Touré (journalist) (born 1971), American novelist, music journalist, cultural critic, and television personality



  1. ^ Diagana, Ousmane Moussa (1995), La langue soninkée : morphosyntaxe et sens à travers le parler de Kaédi (Mauritanie), Paris : L'Harmattan.