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The church of Saint-Vincent
The church of Saint-Vincent
Coat of arms of Thouaré-sur-Loire
Coat of arms
Thouaré-sur-Loire is located in France
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Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Loire-Atlantique
Arrondissement Nantes
Canton Carquefou
 • Mayor Bernard Chesneau
Area1 12.76 km2 (4.93 sq mi)
Population (2007)2 7,449
 • Density 580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 44204 / 44470
Elevation 1–73 m (3.3–239.5 ft)
(avg. 13 m or 43 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Thouaré-sur-Loire (Breton “Tarvieg”) is a commune in the Loire-Atlantique department in western France.

Origin of the name

The origins of Thouaré are not certain. According to certain hypotheses, the foundation of the city was due to a Roman legionnaire by the name of Taurus or Tauraicus, who had been given a rich villa in the area. Another is that it is due to a Celtic god, worshipped in this part of Gaul, by the name of Taur.

The name of Thouaré appears for the first time in the chart of Louis le Gros in 1123. His orthography differs due to successive editors: Thoaré, Thoyré, Touaré, Thoaret, Thoairé, then finally Thouaré.

See also