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HIERóS óNOMA > HīERṓNUMOS

This name derives from the Ancient Greek name “Hīerṓnumos (Ῑ̔ερώνυμος)”, composed of two elements: “hierós (ἱερός)” (connected with the gods, supernatural, holy, sacred, consecrated, under divine protection) plus “ónoma (ὄνομᾰ)” (name). In turn the name means “sacred name”. Already in use by the ancient Greeks, the name Hieronymos seems to reflect an ancient religious euphemism, probably used as a periphrasis to denote a particular pagan deity. Subsequently, however, it is likely that this expression is also coming into use in the early Christian circles, where the Sacred Name probably became a euphemism for the name of God). Saint Jerome was a Roman Christian priest, confessor, theologian and historian, and who became a Doctor of the Church. He was the son of Eusebius, of the city of Stridon, which was on the border of Dalmatia and Pannonia. Geronimo a prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. "Geronimo" was the name given to him during a battle with Mexican soldiers.

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