Female relative changed her whole name. How do I list her?

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My 2nd great grandmother was named Sarah A Ewing at birth. Subsequent generations know her as Annie Lorena Park (Ewing-1512). I hit a brick wall with her for months but when my aunt recently sent me copies of entries in our old family bible, I saw a notation that her name at birth was Sarah A Ewing and then written in, is the notation "renamed Annie L". It does not explain why she was renamed or who chose to rename her so I don't know if it preceded her marriage or not. The dates and all the family names match. Sarah/Annie married Thomas Wesley Park (Park-1639) so the Park Family Bible may have originated with them or with her son, Rupert Edmond (Park-1638).

How in the world do I notate her name to reflect this?

Thank you!

~Edited to add that until recently I assumed her name was Anna and Annie was a nickname. It now appears Annie may have been the actual name.
WikiTree profile: Annie Lorena Park
in Genealogy Help by Amy Metzger G2G Crew (430 points)

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The standard procedure for a first name change would be that Sarah should be placed in the proper first name field, and Annie or Anna should be placed in the preferred name field.

Since the middle name also changed and we don't have separate data fields for original middle name and current middle name, I suggest that "Sarah A." should go into the Proper First Name field and "Annie Lorena" should be placed in the Preferred Name field.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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