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Gender: M Meaning of Langston: "tall man's town" Origin of Langston: English Langston's Popularity in 2013: #957

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The great African-American Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes put this one on the map; actor Laurence Fishburne adopted it for his now grown son, born in 1987. Despite these popular associations, the name didn't make it into the Top 1000 until 2013 -- but it made quite a splash as one of the fastest-rising names of the year.

Hughes was born James Mercer Langston Hughes, Langston being his mother's maiden name.

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Famous People Named Langston

Langston Hughes - American poet
Langston Fishburne, son of actor Laurence Fishburne

Pop Culture References for the Name Langston

Chester Langston, character from TV series "American Gothic"

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