"tall man's town"

Langston Origin and Meaning

The name Langston is a boy's name of English origin meaning "tall man's town".

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 US Top 1000 until 2013. This name is even less used in England or Wales, where as recently as 2014 no births were registered using this name.

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

Some similar choices are Lanford, Landon, Langford and Langley.

# 796 in the US

Langston Rank in US Top 1000

Langston Popularity

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Famous People Named Langston

  • (James Mercer) Langston HughesAmerican poet
  • Langston GallowayAmerican basketball player
  • Langston Branden WalkerAmerican football player
  • Langston MooreAmerican football player
  • Langston Fishburneson of actor Laurence Fishburne

Langston in Pop Culture

  • Langston Grahamcharacter on TV's "Chuck"
  • Chester Langstoncharacter on TV's "American Gothic"
  • Langston Wildefemale character on American soap "One Life to Live"

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