The "City of Saints" got its name from the many apparently holy names that appear on the map of Montreal.\nBut though the city has earned this moniker, few Montrealers know how the city streets got their names.\nBelow are brief histories behind the names of 18 Montreal streets.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nMontreal is a city with a rich and fraught in history. Tales of settlement, conflict, resistance and celebration are etched into its landscape, and its street names in particular.Most of you know that Montreal was named after Mount Royal, the focal point of the city. But throughout its history, Montreal has collected a number of nicknames from locals and visitors, alike. Its many streets named after saints (or, often, people who were only called saints) has earned it the moniker of "City of Saints."As a born and raised Montrealer, I realized that although I have walked these streets my entire life, I never questioned the history of their names, which is why I wanted to write this article. This fast and efficient history lesson will give you knowledge about our city that you never knew and is sure to have you giving a second thought to the avenues you tred everyway.\nAll of this information comes from the City of Montreal, which maintains an online record of place names.\nRue Prince-Arthur\nyawper via Flicker\n \n Library and Archives Canada\nRue Prince-Arthur was named after the 9th Governor-General of Canada. Prince Arthur William Albert was the only British prince to have taken on this role and he served as an officer in Montreal.\nBoulevard René-Lévesque\nArchieves of Quebec\n \n mxmmlt\nBoulevard René Lévesque, which was once called Dorchester, is one of the busiest traffic thoroughfares in downtown Montreal.\nRené Lévesque was a journalist, a minister of government in Quebec and the founder of the Parti québécois.\nHe was also the 23rd Premier of Quebec, a role in which he advocated for the independence of the province. In 1980, however, the people of Quebec voted against separation from Canada in the first of its kind referendum.\nRue Saint-Denis\nPhoto 133201399 © Cagkan Sayin - Dreamstime.com\n \n Thesupermat\nSaint Denis is one of Montreal's most loved streets. Home to some amazing eateries and adorable boutiques and cafés, Saint-Denis is a street that tourists flock down to get a taste of what Montreal is all about.\nWhat you may not know is that Saint Denis street is actually named after Saint Denis of Paris.\nSaint Denis of Paris was a 3rd century Christian martyr and was considered to be a legend at the time, so much so that he got a street in Montreal named after him.\nRue Rachel\nRue Rachel is named for the daughter of the landowner who once owned some property where the street now runs.\nAccording to the city of Montreal, Rachel's husband, Jean-Baptiste Chamilly de Lorimier, was "a member of the Sons of Liberty [and] participated in the events of 1837-1838," a rebellion against British rule, "but escaped imprisonment by taking refuge in the United States."\nBoulevard Armand-Bombardier\nrayel31\n \n Library Archives Canada\nBombardier is one of the biggest companies to come to existence in our city. It comes as no surprise that Montreal named a street after its founder.\nJoseph Armand Bombardier was a Quebec industrialist and just so happens to be the inventor of the snowmobile, which is pretty badass — and Canadian.\nRue Sainte-Catherine\nA popular legend shared by locals holds that the street was named after a Saint Catherine of Alexandria.\nBut according to the city website, no one is one hundred percent sure how, exactly, this iconic Montreal street got its name. Though there are three leading theories.\nThe first theory is that locals once referred to the road as the path to a nunnery of the same name.\nIt's also possible that the street got its name from a settler named Catherine de Bourbonnais.\nThe third theory is that this street was named after Catherine Elizabeth, who was the daughter in law of Jacques Viger, which brings me to my next point.\nAvenue Viger\nPhoto 142898974 © Jerome Cid - Dreamstime.com\n \n McCord Museum\nRue Viger was named after legendary Jacques Viger, patrician, writer and, most importantly, first mayor of our city.\nRue Robert-Bourassa\nPhoto 93571849 © Alinareynbakh - Dreamstime.com\n \n Thomas Kierans\nRobert Bourassa was a Canadian politician who was born and raised in Quebec.\nBourassa served as Premier of Quebec for a total of 15 years across two separate terms in the 70’s, 80’s and 90's.\nRue Saint-Hubert\nView this post on Instagram En passant la porte de chez moi ce matin .. Love my place ! #sthubert #montreal #colors #car A post shared by Mathou (@math_lmt) on Aug 8, 2016 at 6:17am PDT\nThe land where rue St-Hubert is located was gifted to our city by Hubert-Joseph Lacroix. His family settled on this street and officially laid it out in 1826.\nToday, according to the city website, the street is famous for its ornate townhouses designed by the French-Canadian elite of the 19th century.\nRue Saint-Paul\nPhoto 127857068 © Ronniechua - Dreamstime.com\n \n Jeangagnon\nFrom the Marché Bonsecours to the Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel, this gorgeous cobbled road connects many of the most famous landmarks in Old Montreal.\nThe street takes its name from Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, who founded Montreal.\nRue Jeanne-Mance\nPhoto 92001849 © Neilantondumas - Dreamstime.com\n \n Jean Gagnon\nThe street was named in honour of Jeanne Mance, who was a French settler and nurse who founded the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, the first hospital in the city.\nThis hospital's former campus, notable for its stone walls and chapel, is near this street across from the Parc Jeanne-Mance.\nAve. du Docteur-Penfield\nThomas1313\n \n United States National Library of Medicine\nDocteur Wilder* Penfield was an American-Canadian neurosurgeon who expanded the methods and techniques used during brain surgery.\nPenfield clearly had a strong connection to our city. He taught at McGill University and at the Royal Victoria Hospital.\nAvenue Casgrain\nView this post on Instagram 🏡 Avenue Casgrain 🏡 . .............................................................................. #weleft4montreal #wl4m #montreal #mtl #montrealcity #mtlcity #montreallovers #viverepetiteitalie #mtlmoments #avenuecasgrain #familleexpatriee #expatfamily #francaisaucanada #francaisamontreal #expatlife #ilovemontreal #ilovecanada A post shared by We Left 4 Montréal (@we_left_4_montreal) on Sep 12, 2019 at 9:29am PDT\nThis Mile-End street is known for its adorable residential buildings. Marie-Justine Casgrain was married to Pierre Beaubien who was a large landowner whose property included the land where the road now sits.\nRue Beaubien\nGoogle Maps\n \n Studio of Inglis\nPierre Beaubien's properties included large portions of land north of Mount Royal. His son Louis founded Outremont, today a posh Montreal borough.\nAvenue De Gaspé\nabdallahh via Flicker\n \n Unknown\nThis Montreal street was named in part to honour Philippe Aubert de Gaspé. This famous author is best known for writing The Anciens Canadiens, a work of historical fiction that drmatizes the conflict between the French and English in North America.\nAvenue Bernard\nView this post on Instagram Poésie urbaine ✨ Quelques cages dorées, Ou bien est-ce rouillées ? Un clin d'oeil aux passants Prouvant en un instant Qu'un éclat de joie repose, Dans chaque journée morose, Pour l'oeil exercé... Qui voit les cages vidées. . . . . #poesie #poeme #mots #french #montreal #ilovemontreal #pvtcanada #expatlife #lookup #joie #sparkles #bonheur #inthestreet #aucoindelarue #fleuriste #flowerpower #bird #canada #city A post shared by Maeva Mots & Mouvements (@maeva.motsetmouvements) on May 16, 2019 at 5:53am PDT\nThis is one of my favourite streets in Montreal and I was curious to know more about it.\nAccording to the Clerics of Saint-Viateur archives, this street was named to honour the memory of Brother Jean- Baptiste Bernard, "a friend to the Beaubien family, which owned several properties in Outremont."\nRue Saint-Urbain\nView this post on Instagram A very summery sky. Finally! A post shared by Thomas Ledwell (@tledwell) on May 11, 2014 at 8:00pm PDT\nThis major Montreal street is one of those pain-in-the-ass one-way routes.\nUrbain Tessier was a carpenter and farmer who settled in the area and built a path to connect his land to the settlement of Montreal. This path eventually took the name of the early settler and became the street it is today.\nRue Stanley\nPhoto 128894046 © Wangkun Jia - Dreamstime.com\n \n W. & D. Downey\nEdward Smith-Stanley was the 14th Earl of Derby, who served as British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.\nThe street in downtown Montreal intersects with the busy rue Ste-Catherine (pictured above).\nWhat is the namesake of your street?\n*This article has been updated.