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This is pronounced "Heer-row-num-us." In the Roman Catholic Church, he was one of the great Fathers who translated scriptures from Greek and Hebrew to Latin.
-- Tbird  8/4/2005
Hieronymus Bosch (1450 - 1516) is a widely celebrated Dutch painter (from the small town s'Hertogenbosch, from which he adopted his surname). His art is considered late Gothic - early Renaissance. Overwhelmingly religious in theme, his works are imaginative, symbolic in nature and often disturbing. Bosch had a truly unique artistic vision.
-- Anonymous User  2/19/2006
Hieronymus Bosch's real name was Jerome van Aken. He personally spelt Hieronymus as 'Jheronimus'.
-- Anonymous User  9/24/2011
What a mouthful. Poor kid.
-- Keladry  9/29/2008
The German pronunciation is hee-RO-nee-muws. [noted -ed]
-- mafiosa  8/7/2009
In the TV series "Lost," this is the middle name of the character Charlie Pace.
-- thefancyapple  4/10/2010
There is a female form of this name: Hieronyma.
-- bellehime  6/11/2013
Sounds too close to "anonymous".
-- Anonymous User  4/12/2014
Today while driving through Decatur, Illinois, I saw a "Hieronymus Mueller Museum", and that name stuck in my mind, so I looked up him and his name. Hieronymus Mueller was an inventor and businessman much associated with Decatur, IL - he was born in Wertheim, Germany, in 1832, but moved to the U.S. in the upheaval that filled Germany in the following decade.

He had seven children, and his and his sons' inventions included the "Mueller Water Tapper" ("still, with minor modifications, the standard of the industry" says the museum's website, though I can't tell *which* industry), water-pressure regulators (more than one apparently), new faucet designs, the first sanitary drinking fountain), a roller skate design, and a bicycle kick-stand. (Yeah, I think the website was listing these in reverse order of fun-ness.)

I highly doubt he's famous in the world at large, but I guess he's one of Central Illinois's very few notable things (besides the famously average town of Peoria, the famously Amish town of Arthur, and the famously weird Mad Gasser of Mattoon). We've got to take what we can get.
-- El is a Beth  8/12/2016

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