Did the Apache know their famous warrior as Geronimo or to them was he still Goyathlay?
Geronimo, a prominent leader and shaman, was a Bedonkohe Apache. His given name was Goyathlay or, “The One Who Yawns.” Some say the name Geronimo is a corruption of his given name; others believe he was such a brave and “take no prisoners” warrior that the Mexican soldiers invoked the name of Saint Jerome when facing him in battle. They had good reason to fear him as the Mexican government had put a bounty on Apache scalps and soldiers had murdered his mother, wife and three daughters. As a result, he was usually on the vengeance trail against the Mexicans. So it’s unlikely that the wily Apache would have assumed a Mexican name.