What Does The Name "Topanga" Mean?

Excerpted from THE TOPANGA STORY, published by the Topanga Historical Society:

According to John P. Harrington, linguist on the staff of the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution: "The name 'Topanga' evidently means 'above' with reference to the village site being above the high water of Topanga Creek. The 'nga' with which the name ends means 'place' and the entire name apparently means 'above place' or, as we would say in current English, merely 'above'. The name is an old Shoshonean word and can also be used in reference to the sky or heaven."

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