Not sure if this is the right place, but I’d like some background on when people began to change their name when they joined a religious order.
How did it began? What was the philosophy/ theology behind the movement? I see it clearly in Scripture and it seems to me that when God re-names someone, the meaning of the name indicates their new role. For example Abram=father, Abraham=father of many, Simon changed to Peter–the rock of the Church. Nowadays it seems as if people take the name of a person or saint who inspires them. While that is a good and fine thing to do, it seems like we end up with about 50 Therese’s and Francis’. I feel the meaning of the name is more important, and should say something about what you aspire to or hope to attain, or what motivates/inspires you to continue in your vocation.
Thanks for the help.