Montreal metro names are weird, like the fact they are called metros and not subways if you're not from here.
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 hell does Namur mean?
Luckily a Montrealer named Gilles Laporte decided to make metro map to list the origin of every metro station.
Here are the translations of the stations which were included:
- Station Honoré-Beaugrand : Honoré-Beaugrand founder of the La Patrie newspaper and mayor of Montreal.
- Station Radisson : Pierre Esprit Radisson, he was a 'coureur des bois' and later founded the Hudson Bay company.
- Station Langelier : Sir Francois-Charles-Stanislas Langelier, Minister and Lieutenant Governor.
- Station Cadillac : Antoine Laumet de la mothe Cadillac, founder of Detroit Michigan.
- Station Assomption : Named after the dogma of the assumption of the Virgin Mary which was confirmed by Pope Pius XII on 1 November 1950.
- Station Pie-IX : Named after Pope Pius IX (1846-1878).
- Station Joliette : Bathelemy Joliette, notary, entrepreneur and Lord of Lavaltrie.
- Station Préfontaine : Raymond-Fournier Préfontaine, mayor of Hochelaga and Montreal.
- Station Frontenac : Louis de Buade de Frontenac et de Palluau, Governor of New France.
- Station Papineau : Joseph Papineau, notary, surveyor, deputy and father of Louis-Joseph Papineau.
- Station Beaudry : Pierre Beaudry, the original owner of the property.
- Station Berri-UQAM : The plot of land was originally named Berri and the UQAM was established there in 1979.
- Station Saint-Laurent : Named after the street it is on which leads to the Saint-Laurent Parish.
- Station Place des Arts : Named as such because it was built underneath the Place des Arts cultural complex.
- Station McGill : James McGill donated the land in 1821.
- Station Peel : Sir Robert Peel, English Prime Minister.
- Station Guy-Concordia : Etienne Guy donated the land in 1815.
- Station Atwater : Edwin Atwater, founder of the District Savings Bank.
- Station Lionel-Groulx : Historian and teacher, contributed to the Quebec nationalist awakening.
- Station Charlevoix : Francois-Xavier Charlevoix, Jesuit and explorer of the Mississippi.
- Station LaSalle : Robert Cavelier de La Salle, the founder of Louisiana.
- Station de l’Église : Refers to the first Saint-Paul Church.
- Station Verdun : Named after Saverdun in France.
- Station Jolicoeur : J. Moses-Jolicoeur, preacher of the of the Notre-Dame-de-Perpetuel-Secours Parish.
- Station Monk : Sir James Monk, Chief Justice of Lower Canada.
- Station Angrignon : Jean-Baptiste-Arthur Angrignon was a Canadian politician and a city councillor.
- Station Henri-Bourassa : Henri Bourassa, journalist and nationalist politician.
- Station Sauvé : Name of the owner of the land the street crosses.
- Station Crémazie : Octavious Crémazie Librarian and poet.
- Station Jarry : Named for Stanislas Blegnier Jarry pere.
- Station Jean-Talon : Jean Talon, Count d'Orsainville was the first Intendant of New France.
- Station Beaubien : Dr. Pierre Beaubien owned most of the land occupied by the Mount-Royal.
- Station Rosemont : Rosemont's first mayor named it in honor of his mother Rose Philips
- Station Laurier : Sir Wilfrid Laurier was the seventh Prime Minister of Canada.
- Station Mont-Royal : Named street, which was named after the mountain, which was named by Jacques Cartier in 1535.
- Station Sherbrooke : Sir John Coape Sherbrooke, governor from 1816-1818.
- Station Champs-de-Mars : Is a large public green space in Paris, France near the Eiffel Tower.
- Station Place-d’Armes : Where Montreal's defenders stood.
- Station Square-Victoria : Named after the British Monarch
- Station Bonaventure : Named after Giovanni Fidanza Saint-Bonaventure.
- Station Lucien-L’Allier : Rue Lucien l’Allier.
- Station George-Vanier : George Vanier, Governor general of Canada.
- Station Place-Saint-Henri : Named after the Saint-Henri chapel.
- Station Vendôme : Named after a noble French family.
- Station Villa-Maria : Named after the boarding school.
- Station Snowdon : Named after the owner of the land.
- Station Côte-Sainte-Catherine : Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine.
- Station Plamondon : Named after the painter Antoine Plamondon.
- Station Namur : Named after a city in Belgium.
- Station de la Savane : Named after the street it's located on. Refers to a plot of land that is uncultivated.
- Station du Collège : Named after College Sainte-Croix which is now the cegep Saint-Laurent.
- Station Côte-Vertu : Boulevard de la Côte-Vertu.
- Station Côte-de-Neiges : Named after a sanctuary that was miraculously covered in snow.
- Station Université-de-Montréal : Named after the campus.
- Station Édouard-Montpetit : Édouard Montpetit was a Quebec lawyer, economist and academic.
- Station Outremont : Founded in 1875 it is located beyond Mount-Royal.
- Station Acadie : Named to commemorate the the bicentennial of the deportation of the Acadians.
- Station Parc : Named after the street where there's a park.
- Station de Castelnau : Named after a french general.
- Station Fabre : Named after the first Archbishop of Montreal.
- Station D’Iberville : Heroic French military figure.
- Station Saint-Michel : The street used to reach all the way to Cote-Saint-Michel.
- Station Longueuil: Charles Le Moyne de Longueuil the first baron of Longueuil.
- Station Jean-Drapeau: Named after the Mayor of Montreal.