Montserrat (given name)

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Montserrat (Eastern Catalan: [munsəˈrat], Western Catalan: [monseˈrat], or Maria Montserrat, after the Virgin of Montserrat, is a popular name for girls in Catalonia and several other parts of Catalan-speaking areas. Indeed, it was the second most common given name for women in Catalonia in 2014, according to the Catalan Statistics Institute.[1]

The name is traditionally abbreviated to Serrat, Rat, Rateta, Tat or Tóna, and more recently, due to foreign influence, also to Monse.[2][3][4][5]

April 27th is the Montserrat name day, traditionally celebrated in Catalan-speaking areas as a birthday would be in the Anglo-Saxon world.

Sometimes this name appears in the Spanish-speaking world as a given name as is, or sometimes translated as Montserrate or Monserrate (where the final "e" is pronounced //).



  1. ^ Els 100 noms més freqüents. Presentació per rànquing. Catalunya. Dones. Total població. (in Catalan)
  2. ^ Ruaix, Josep. Català Complet 3. Curs superior de llengua, Editorial Claret, 1998, p. 23-26 (in Catalan)
  3. ^ "De Rats i Tats", Núria Puyuelo, El Punt / Avui, 2 May 2014 (in Catalan) [consulted 7 April 2015]
  4. ^ "Montserrat", Sílvia Soler, Ara, 29 June 2013 (in Catalan) [consulted 7 April 2015]
  5. ^ "Catalanot II. Noves tendències en la tradició catalana d'escurçar els noms de font", Melancholia, 21 Nov. 2010 (in Catalan) [consulted 7 April 2015]

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