It's funny. "Westerson" would not seem to be such a hard name to spell. There's a "west" and an "er" and a "son". And yet, it's one of those quirky things where people have a hard time with it. Mostly, they want to add an "N" in the middle of it--"WesterNson". Which is sort of what it means in Danish, really: Son of West, West probably being someone from the west. Vistersen, is the original spelling before the fellows at Ellis Island put their hands in it. Lately, though, I've been seeing--and hearing, from intros--the spelling "Westerman." Now admittedly, my husband, whose name it is, has been dealing with it a lot longer than I have (though "Jeri" gets its fair use of spelling choices). So Jeri "Westerman" and even "Jen Westerman" have been sloshing around the internet on occasion. But as it happens, there is a quite successful mystery author by the name of John Westermann. So it might look a bit as if he's got another pen name, masquerading as a middle-aged woman writing medieval mysteries.
Or...is John Westermann my nom de plume? Hmm.