Name changes in Catholic literature?

Hi everyone! Happy Easter!!

Today I’m thinking about characters in stories written by Catholic authors who go through a name change during the story (the characters, not the authors). I’ve got Joy from Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” on my list, but that’s it! I have no other ideas … is it because there are no other characters that fit this description? Anything from Chesterton or Greene or Waugh, or any other authors known to be Catholic? Thanks!!

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2 thoughts on “Name changes in Catholic literature?

  1. Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (and other great novels!), was Catholic. In that book, the main character is Francie Nolan. She later finds out her name is really Mary-Frances even though her parents never use it, later takes the name Katherine at her confirmation, and decides to use M. Frances K. Nolan when she first publishes her writing.

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