named for the Native American, but for nearby San Geronimo
Creek. Both were named to honor Saint Jerome. Mexicans and
other Spanish speakers nicknamed St. Jerome "Geronimo" after part
his name. Born Eusebius Hieronymus
Sophronius about 340 A.D. he was a
Christian monk and scholar.
A handful of "Geronimo"s are named for Goyathlay [the Native American's real name] but not here. Most in the West and Southwest, like ours, were named before he was born or at least before he was even known by this "handle". Our town and all "San Geronimo"s were named in honor of the early Christian father by settlers of Spanish descent like Texas hero José Antonio Navarro who no one disputes named nearby San Geronimo Creek which ran through his ranch.
Some wrongly say Saint Jerome "wrote" the "first Bible," and of course he did not. But he did assemble together the Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament for the first time, translating both into Latin. His labor, this Bible, known as The Vulgate Bible is still in print today, 1,600 years later.
Jerome's Vulgate was the only Bible Europe had, nearly until Gutenberg's printing press in the1450s. To put this contribution of St. Jerome's in perspective, his Vulgate was the "only" Bible used for three times longer than the King James version has existed to date. Just as the King James Bible was nearly the only bible of our own American birth and development as a nation, the Vulgate was nearly the only bible of the birth and development of Europe!
Jerome's contribution to mankind is most worthy of the honor of our town's naming. We should never forget this or allow its dilution by confusion with someone else.
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Why did people call the Indian 'Geronimo?'