Notre Dame

[noh-truh deym, dahm, noh-ter]

Notre Dame is French for Our Lady, referring to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the United States, Notre Dame is often (Noter Dame). This pronunciation is considered colloquial (e.g. University of Notre Dame). In French language place names, Notre-Dame is always hyphenated, as is a longer epithet of Our Lady (e.g. Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel). In church names with Notre-Dame followed by a place name, the remainder of the name is not hyphenated, if the place is where the church is located (e.g. Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica); however, it is hyphenated if the place is not where the church is located, but rather an epithet of Our Lady (e.g. Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, a church not in Lourdes, but named for Our Lady of Lourdes).

Notre Dame may also refer to:

Churches and Cathedrals

There are many churches and cathedrals named Notre Dame, in France and other French-speaking countries.
They include:




United States of America


Religious confraternities

Religious orders

Various orders of Roman Catholic nuns are named Notre Dame. They include:

Educational institutions

For high schools, secondary schools or similar entities, see Notre Dame High School.

Universities and other institutions of higher education







United Kingdom

United States of America

Literature and arts

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the English title of an 1831 novel by Victor Hugo originally titled Notre-Dame de Paris.

This novel has been adapted into many other works:

Other uses

  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish, athletic teams from the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana
  • Notre Dame Bay, a large bay near the mouth of the Exploits River in northern Newfoundland
  • Notre Dame (band), a former Swedish metal band
  • Notre Dame, Indiana, the location of the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College and Holy Cross College
  • Notre Dame school of Polyphony, a group of composers working at or near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris from about 1170 to 1250

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