Follow Up: What’s In A Name?


Back in December was when I unearthed one of the more unique artifacts (pictured above) that’s now part of the permanent collection of the Will & Susan Campbell Museum of Backyarcheology. It was a mailing label plate for the uniquely surnamed P. Engensperger and I posted about it with the headline “What’s In A Name?”

Wouldn’t you know in my inbox is an email from a Canada-based Engensperger who happened upon that post during a cruise of the internet and sent me some more information about the name:


I read with interest your blog re P. Engensperger, which I happened upon entirely by accident.

I am an Engensperger in Canada, and as far as I know we are the ONLY Engenspergers in Canada. I know that there are some Engenspergers in the USA, but as far as I know there aren’t many.

My father immigrated from Switzerland, and there aren’t many there, either. My grandfather in Switzerland was the curator of a museum and he did a significant amount of research. He traced our line back to the 14th century, about which time our line appears to have crossed the border from Hungary. I’m told there are plenty of Engenspergers there. (He joked that we were a band of gypsies.)

Our name used to be spelled: Enggensperger. I have an old ring that had been used to emboss a wax seal with our family crest, which is a dove standing on three hills with two stars in the sky. I’m told that our name comes roughly from “of the mountain village.”

It is interesting what one can find on the internet, and your blog is a good example!

Norman Engensperger

 Man but the internet is a marvelous thing.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."