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Researching for Polish people dealing with Indians during 19th century, I've found out about Estanislao, one of Yokuts' leaders, who led different groups of Californian Indian rebels against Mexican Government.

Name Estanislao is Spanish version of Stanislaus, chosen after St. Stanislaus, 11th century Bishop of Kraków, who was killed by Polish king Boleslaw II (the reasons for what were connected with Investiture Conflict).

The name was chosen by Mexican missionaries from San José, who baptised Estanislao when he was around 28 years old. Many sources confirm that choice, but not of them that I was able to find, speak of why this particular saint was chosen as his patron.

Is anybody interested in Californian Indian history and could put more light on that topic? What was the usual reason for choosing the patron for a person at Mexican missions?

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As someone who's spent a whole lot of time reading up on the period, I doubt you're going to find any answer to this question. – Joe Feb 12 '13 at 3:22
Probably not the most helpful thing but in the past I've looked for explanations for similar things. Sometimes there are details that just didn't make it to the records. Many times people are named after saints just because someone wanted to name him after a saint. Not sure that is the case here however... – grayQuant Feb 12 '13 at 5:52
Thanks, I guess I'll just focus more on searching what was the usual routine at Mexican missions. F.e. I've found out about a catholic school with the same name, for which the name was chosen because it was opened on the St. Stanislaus' day. Maybe that's what actually happened. – Darek Wędrychowski Feb 12 '13 at 17:53

A possible explanation is that he simply received the name of the saint on whose day he was baptized. That would be 11 April in this case. Wikipedia says he traveled to the mission on September 24 and was baptized "soon". Can "soon" refer to a six-month period? I don't know.

Or maybe the fathers at the mission just had a soft spot for St. Stanislaw for some private reason.

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Thanks, even if this hypothesis was already mentioned in comments. As for the "soon" part, I don't think so, as in Catholicism you don't have to know the religion first to become christened. This way such preparations wouldn't make sense. But who knows, maybe it was different those times. – Darek Wędrychowski Feb 18 '13 at 13:54
@DarekWędrychowski: Can you find out the exact date he was baptized? – Felix Goldberg Feb 18 '13 at 14:30

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