The name Langston is a boy's name of English origin meaning "tall man's town". Langston is ranked #675 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like American Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That? Boys with middles".
From the experts:
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.