Haitian

A Caribbean country in North America, Haiti is the land of the high mountains. If history is to be believed, French fondly referred to the country as the Pearl of the Antilles. This was primarily because Haiti was rich both in terms of natural beauty and accumulated wealth. In fact, it was the richest colony owned by the European powers of that time. Taking the legacy of the richness forward were its nationals, Haitians, as they are known as who contributed extensively to the country’s rich political, economic, art and cultural background through their personal endeavours. Interestingly, apart from national heroes, Haiti has served as the home of many migrant Haitians who have created quite a niche for themselves and their homeland in foreign countries. Did you know that the famous singer Usher, NBA player Blake Griffith, rapper Tony Yayo and actor Jamie Hector are all Haitian descents? Additionally, there have been numerous Haitian nationals, who have done their country proud through their works. Jean Michael-Basquiat was a highly prolific painter who infused African and Caribbean culture in his canvas. Haitian women have also made noteworthy contribution. Edwidge Danticat is an award-wining writer best known for her works, ‘Breath, Eyes, Memory’ and ‘The Dew Breaker’. Read this section to find more about famous Haitians.

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 1 Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Wyclef Jean is a Haitian musician, actor, and rapper. This Grammy Award-winning musician garnered national attention when his efforts to raise relief funds to aid the victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake through his charitable organization Yéle Haiti were questioned as reports suggested that Jean retained the money for his own benefit. The organization has been the subject of controversy.

 2 Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Marc, Haiti

 3 Andre Berto

Andre Berto
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Two-time Former Welterweight World Champion
Birthdate: September 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida, United States

 4 Adonis Stevenson

Adonis Stevenson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: September 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 5 Bermane Stiverne

Bermane Stiverne
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: November 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plaine-du-Nord

Bermane Stiverne is a Haitian-Canadian boxer who reigned as the WBC heavyweight champion for eight months between 2014 and 2015. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the 2003 and 2004 National Championships as well as a silver medal at the 2005 Championships. An avid fan of basketball, Stiverne supports the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

 6 Ovince Saint Preux

Ovince Saint Preux
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Immokalee, Florida, United States
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 7 Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Jean-Jacques Dessalines
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Famous As: Haitian General
Birthdate: September 20, 1758
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guinea
Died: August 17, 1806

Jean-Jacques Dessalines was an important figure and leader of the Haitian Revolution. He went on to rule an independent Haiti, which became the first country to abolish slavery permanently. Considered one of Haiti's founding fathers, Dessalines reigned as the emperor of Haiti from 1804 until his murder in 1806. Today, he is regarded as an icon of Haitian nationalism.

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 8 Jean-Claude Duvalier

Jean-Claude Duvalier
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Haiti
Birthdate: July 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Died: October 4, 2014

Jean-Claude Duvalier was a Haitian politician. From 1971 to 1986, Duvalier served as the president of Haiti before he was removed from office by a popular uprising. During his presidency, thousands of Haitians were tortured or killed. His presidency was also marked by his notoriously lavish lifestyle, while many Haitians were left to battle poverty.

 9 Kaytranada

Kaytranada
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: August 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 10 Jahking Guillory

Jahking Guillory
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 14, 2001
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moreno Valley, Riverside County, California, USA

Jahking Guillory is an American rapper and actor who has been active in the entertainment industry since the mid-2010s. Beginning his career as a teenager, he played the leading role of Brandon in the film, Kicks. His role in the Netflix series On My Block also earned him much appreciation. Since then, he has appeared in many popular TV shows. 

 11 Henry Christophe

Henry Christophe
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: October 6, 1767
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: British Grenada
Died: October 8, 1820

 12 Michel Martelly

Michel Martelly
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Haiti
Birthdate: February 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince

Michel Martelly is a Haitian former politician. From 2011 to 2016, he served as the 41st president of Haiti. Also a singer and keyboardist, Michel was one of Haiti's most popular musicians for over a period of 10 years! He is renowned for his Kompa music and has released several studio albums like Anba Rad La and Tout Cé Mately.

 13 François Duvalier

François Duvalier
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Physician
Birthdate: April 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Died: April 21, 1971

François Duvalier was a Haitian politician. From 1957 to 1971, he served as the president of Haiti. Over the course of his political career, Duvalier's regime became despotic and totalitarian. In 1964, Duvalier declared himself President for Life and remained in power until his death. Since his demise, several books have been written about his rule in Haiti. 

 14 Jimmy Jean-Louis

Jimmy Jean-Louis
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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: August 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Petion-Ville, Haiti

 15 Mia Love

Mia Love
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: nowrap New York City, New York (state) New York, U.S.

 16 Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Apparently, Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat, known for books such as Breath, Eyes, Memory, had begun writing to escape the bullying she faced because of her Haitian ways after she moved to the U.S. as a young girl. Although her parents wanted her to study medicine, she took up French literature.

 17 Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche

Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cap-Haïtien, Haiti
Died: April 15, 1912

 18 Duckens Nazon

Duckens Nazon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer Striker
Birthdate: April 7, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

 19 Jacques Agnant

Jacques Agnant
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Music executive known for his connection to Tupac in the early 1990s
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Haiti

 20 Jean-Baptist-Point Du Sable

Jean-Baptist-Point Du Sable
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Famous As: Pioneer
Birthdate: 1745 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Marc, Haiti
Died: August 28, 1818

Jean-Baptist-Point Du Sable is considered the first permanent non-Indigenous settler of the area that would later become known as Chicago, Illinois. He was of African descent and married to a Native American woman. He established a prosperous trading settlement and traded around the Great Lakes and in the Illinois Country. He is recognized as the "Founder of Chicago." 

 21 Zach Auguste

Zach Auguste
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Zach Auguste is a Greek-American basketball player who has won two Greek League titles so far. He also won a Greek Cup as well as a Slovenian Cup in 2021 and 2022, respectively. He currently plays for the Slovenia club, Cedevita Olimpija.

 22 Samuel Dalembert

Samuel Dalembert
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Born in Haiti, Samuel Dalembert later moved to Canada and then to the US. Known for his 13-year stint with NBA teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers and the Sacramento Kings, he has also been in the news for wrong reasons, such as for being suspended due to late arrival and oversleeping.

 23 Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 24 Jean Louis

Jean Louis
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Artist, Screenwriter, Costume designer
Birthdate: October 5, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 20, 1997

Jean Louis was a French-born costume designer who worked predominantly in Hollywood. In an illustrious Hollywood career that spanned more than four decades, Louis designed outfits for almost every Hollywood star including Rita Hayworth, Lucille Ball, and Judy Garland. Jean Louis is also credited with designing Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress worn at President John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday celebration.

 25 Junior Galette

Junior Galette
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 26 Alexandre Pétion

Alexandre Pétion
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Republic of Haiti
Birthdate: April 2, 1770
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Died: March 29, 1818

 27 Dutty Boukman

Dutty Boukman
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Early leader of the Haitian Revolution
Birthdate: 1767 AD
Birthplace: Senegambia
Died: November 7, 1791

 28 Olden Polynice

Olden Polynice
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 29 Faustin Soulouque

Faustin Soulouque
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Famous As: Emperor of Haiti
Birthdate: August 15, 1782
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Petit-Goave, Haiti
Died: August 3, 1873

 30 René Préval

René Préval
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: January 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Died: March 3, 2017

 31 Pierre Desir

Pierre Desir
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: September 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 32 Simone Duvalier

Simone Duvalier
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Haitian first lady
Birthdate: March 19, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Léogâne Arrondissement, Haiti
Died: December 26, 1997

 33 Melissa St. Vil

Melissa St. Vil
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haiti

 34 Laurent Lamothe

Laurent Lamothe
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Tennis player, Diplomat, Politician
Birthdate: August 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince

 35 Cady Lalanne

Cady Lalanne
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: April 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 36 Gosder Cherilus

Gosder Cherilus
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Haiti

 37 Vladimir Ducasse

Vladimir Ducasse
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: October 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 38 Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Jean-Bertrand Aristide
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Haiti
Birthdate: July 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port-Salut, Haiti

Jean-Bertrand Aristide is a Haitian politician who served as the country's first democratically elected president. He was removed from office during the 2004 coup d'état and was later forced into exile. He returned to Haiti after seven years amidst rumors that blamed the US for orchestrating the coup against him. A former priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide taught liberation theology to many.

 39 Antenor Firmin

Antenor Firmin
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: October 18, 1850
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cap-Haitien, Haiti
Died: September 19, 1911

 40 Ertha Pascal-Trouillot

Ertha Pascal-Trouillot
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 13, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pétion-Ville, Haiti

 41 Raquel Pélissier

Raquel Pélissier
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 42 Dadi Nicolas

Dadi Nicolas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 43 Marie-Cessette Dumas

Marie-Cessette Dumas
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Enslaved woman
Birthdate: 1714 AD
Birthplace: Hait
Died: 1786 AD

 44 Michèle Bennett

Michèle Bennett
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First Lady of Haiti (27 May 1980 – 7 February 1986)
Birthdate: January 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port‑au‑Prince, Haiti

 45 Jeffrey Julmis

Jeffrey Julmis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sprinter, Hurdler
Birthdate: September 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

 46 Yanick Etienne

Yanick Etienne
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Hait

 47 Stephanie Villedrouin

Stephanie Villedrouin
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

 48 Gabriela Vallejo

Gabriela Vallejo
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Juan, Dominican Republic

 49 Marie-Claire Heureuse Félicité

Marie-Claire Heureuse Félicité
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 11, 1758
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Léogâne, Saint-Domingue
Died: August 8, 1858

 50 Jacques Roumain

Jacques Roumain
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer, Politician
Birthdate: June 4, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Died: August 18, 1944