Montreal metro names are weird, which is probably why someone took the time to translate them to English so we could finally understand them.

Every name seems to be an homage to a person or a place. But who are these people? Where are these places? And what the heck does Namur mean?

Luckily we found the answers, so you won't need to wonder any longer. And the best part is, you'll also be learning about the history of Montreal.


 

Green Line Metro Station Names Explained


Angrignon

Named After: Jean-Baptiste Angrignon (city councillor)


Monk

Named After: James Monk (Quebec Attorney-General)


Jolicoeur

Named After: Jean-Moïse Jolicoeur (parish priest)


Verdun

Named After: Notre-Dame-de-Saverdun, France.


De L'Église

Named After: Église Saint-Paul


LaSalle

Named After: Robert Cavelier de La Salle (Founder of Lachine)


Charlevoix

Named After:  Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix (French historian and explorer)


Lionel-Groulx

Named After: Lionel Groulx  (Quebec historian)


Atwater

Named After:  Edwin Atwater (city councillor)


Guy-Concordia formerly Guy

Named After: Étienne Guy (landowner) & "Concordia salus" (Motto of Montreal)


Peel

Named After: Robert Peel (British Prime Minister)


McGill

Named After: James McGill  (Businessman)


Place-des-Arts

Named After: Place des Arts cultural complex


Saint-Laurent

Named After: The old road to lead to Saint-Laurent


Berri-UQAM

Named After: Simon Després dit Le Berry (Land Owner)


Beaudry

Named After: Pierre Beaudry (Land Owner)


Papineau

Named After: Joseph Papineau (Quebec politician)


Frontenac

Named After: Louis de Buade de Frontenac (Governor General of New France)


Préfontaine

Named After: Raymond-Fournier Préfontaine (Mayor of Montreal)


Joliette

Named After: Barthélemy Joliette (Founder of Joliette)


Pie-IX

Named After: Pope Pius IX


Viau

Named After: Charles-Théodore Viau (Quebec cookie magnate)


Assomption

Named After: Dogma of the Assumption of Mary


Cadillac

Named After: Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac (French explorer)


Langelier

Named After: François-Charles-Stanislas Langelier, (Mayor of Quebec City)


Radisson

Named After: Pierre-Esprit Radisson (French explorer)


Honoré-Beaugrand

Named After: Honoré Beaugrand (Quebec author and mayor of Montreal)


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Jean-Drapeau

Named After: Jean Drapeau (Mayor of Montreal)


Longueuil–Université-de-Sherbrooke

Named After: A town in Normandy & Université de Sherbrooke


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Côte-Vertu

Named After: Our Lady of Virtue (18th-century name for the area)


Du Collège

Named After: Cégep de Saint-Laurent


De La Savane

Named After: Quebec French for swamp


Namur

Named After: Namur, Belgium


Plamondon

Named After: Antoine Plamondon (Quebec painter)


Côte-Sainte-Catherine

Named After: Côte Sainte-Catherine (18th century name for area of Outremont)


Snowdon

Named After: Snowdon neighbourhood (Name of area's former landowner)


Villa-Maria

Named After: Latin form of "Ville-Marie", former name of Montreal


Vendôme

Named After: The French Dukes of Vendôme


Place-Saint-Henri

Named After: A parish church named for Saint Henry II


Georges-Vanier

Named After: Georges Vanier (Governor General of Canada)


Lucien-L'Allier

Named After: Lucien L'Allier (Designer of the Metro)


Bonaventure

Named After: Saint Bonaventure (Italian cleric)


Square-Victoria-OACI

Named After: Square Victoria & The International Civil Aviation Organization


Place-d'Armes

Named After: Historical rallying point for city's defenders


Champ-de-Mars

Named After: Mars (God of War)


Sherbrooke

Named After: John Coape Sherbrooke (Governor General of British North America)


Mont-Royal

Named After: Mount Royal


Laurier

Named After: Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister of Canada)


Rosemont

Named After: Named by developer U.H. Dandurand for his mother


Beaubien

Named After: Prominent landowning family


Jean-Talon

Named After: Jean Talon (Intendant of New France)


Jarry Rue

Named After: Land Owner


Crémazie

Named After: Octave Crémazie (Québec poet)


Sauvé

Named After: Land Owner


Henri-Bourassa

Named After:Henri Bourassa, Quebec journalist and politician


Cartier

Named After: Sir George-Étienne Cartier (Quebec politician)


De La Concorde

Named After: Place de la Concorde in Paris


Montmorency

Named After: François de Montmorency-Laval (First Roman Catholic Bishop of Quebec)


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Côte-des-Neiges

Named After: Village Notre-Dame-des-Neiges (18th century name for area of Côte-des-Neiges)


Université-de-Montréal

Named After: Université de Montréal


Édouard-Montpetit

Named After: Édouard Montpetit (Quebec lawyer, economist and academic)


Outremont

Named After: In French, "the other side of the mountain"


Acadie

Named After: Commemorates bicentennial of the expulsion of the Acadians


Parc

Named After: Mount Royal Park


De Castelnau

Named After: Édouard de Castelnau (French soldier)


Fabre

Named After: Édouard-Charles Fabre (First Roman Catholic Bishop of Montreal)


D'Iberville

Named After: Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville (Quebec explorer, founder of Louisiana)


Saint-Michel

Named After: Neighbourhood of Saint-Michel

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