Hello Sandy. Thank you so much for that suggestion.
I'd say that it was common knowledge, but as I am in my late fifties, I imagine that would be an outdated explanation. :) I could give you one recent literary work that draws reference to the name change,http://www.alcottfilm.com/the-book/. Personally, I have read so many books on the family ( I am a descendant of the Sewell side of Abigail May Alcott ) I picked up so many references to the change, it would be hard to recall all the places I've seen it. I imagine a Google search might give you references that are reliable, for example,http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/services/articles_7971.asp
That is interesting. Was it hard to trace your family working under that obstacle? I enjoyed reading your comments and I appreciate the suggestion very much!