What’s in a Name?
Langdon Takehiko David Fayle. Itsa lotta mouthful (say in Italian accent)!!!! Whatta name!!! A name with significant meaning…
Jeff + I had a difficult time finding a name for this baby. I was 37 weeks pregnant when a friend asked which names we had lined up. I was like, “Uh, duh, uuuuuh.”. My friend was all, “You guys are a couple of losers! You’ve had nine months to think about it!”. Let’s just say my American friends are….how should we say….very direct. They don’t sugar coat it, that’s for sure.
LANGDON. We were tossing back + forth some Irish boy names. Keiran or Cillian were the top contenders. But we weren’t entirely sold. One day I came across pictures of Jeff from college when he worked as a bartender at Langdon Hall.
Can you say radical 80’s?!
Langdon Hall is a luxury country estate hotel built by Langdon Eugene Wilks in 1898.
Langdon Hall is also where Jeff proposed to me.
Yes, our son is named after a building. It’s gorgeous-o!
I’m too sleep deprived to go into it’s history, so please check out the link here. It is high class + charm to the maximum!
My mom ever so thankfully came up from Los Angeles to help me out during the pregnancy.
That’s when she suggested, “If it’s a boy, why not name him Langdon?”. Good one, mom! Being Japanese, she can’t even pronounce it properly. Poor mom. She was calling the baby Brangdon (???) for the first two weeks of his life. Too much engrish!
I love his name. It makes our son sound like an old-timey silver screen star.
TAKEHIKO. Takehiko is Japanese which translates to “Mountain Prince”. Langdon was conceived in Canmore, Alberta. TMI!!! Camore is in the Canadian Rockies, another location that we hold dear to our hearts. It’s natural beauty will take your breath away.
Takehiko also translates as, “Warrior Prince”. Or “Military Prince” – we prefer warrior. Langdon IS our little warrior!!! He fought his way through his first week in the NICU like the valiant Samurai/Viking that he is!!!!
Speaking of, my mom’s family descends from the samurai class. Oh you don’t say?! Oh, I DO say!!!
DAVID. Jeff’s dear uncle David recently passed away. Jeff admired his uncle for being a true craftsman + artist. He always spoke often + so highly about his uncle. Uncle David was a pioneer in architectural + land conservation. Not to mention his career as a research scientist at the Federal Ministry of Lands + Forests in Ottawa + as a professor at the University of Toronto teaching silviculture + scientific communications. Uncle David was known all over the world for his expertise on root growth. With that, his groundwork aided in climate change research + he was consulted internationally based on his knowledge. Cousin Liz is so awesome – she forwarded some of her favorite photos of her dad for me to share on this blog.
We are very proud that Langdon has his Great Uncle’s name forever + always. I love, love, LOVE Uncle David’s turtleneck + medallion in this next picture! Such style!!! Langdon, pay attention!!!
Thank you Liz for sharing these photos with me!
Langdon already has a nickname. We call him Lang Lang. Sounds like a Chinese Panda bear cub’s name, doesn’t it? I always say to him, “Lang Lang, you were born on April 5th in the Vancouver zoo!!!”
My dad found another Lang Lang. He’s a Chinese pianist! This Lang Lang obviously knows how to rock it out!
Maybe Langdon’s nickname should be Lebowski. Classic stoner face!
Anyway, this baby is so freaking cute.
Even though he projectile pooped all over me + everything last night around 3am.
Yes, very funny Langdon. Very funny.
What has daddy been up to in Alberta? Oh working on Hell on Wheels season 4, getting a selfie taken with the show’s star, Anson Mount – I poached this picture from Anson’s Facebook page!
Hot cha cha, hotties!!! Like the sombrero? Yeah, I knew you would! Although we are separated, I am so happy that Jeff is with the cast of Hell on Wheels. They could not be a nicer, more supportive group of people that are really like a true family.
Anyways, I’m so lucky that Lang Lang is such a good baby. Otherwise being alone with him could have been a whole different story.
Thank you Langdon for being such a sweet, sweet baby!!! My little prince!
GORGEOUS!! Shelli, what a sweet cutie-pie! Cher xo
Thanks so much, Cher!!!!!!!
ohmigoodness! he is so cute, I love him! Especially that last picture; what a full, milky belly and so tired! Just the way I like my babies! Love and miss you!
Yes!!! So innocent when asleep….then when first awake + hungry…LOOKOUT!!!! RAAAAAR!!!!
He is gorgeous!!! Love the name info…very sweet! Just want to eat those cheeks! Xoxox
Your code names are always the best!!!! Harhar!!! I bite his chubby cheeks daily!!! Nom nom!!! Miss you!!! XOXOXOXOXO
Serious cutie-patootie! When do I get to meet him??? ~M.
We can make a play date!!!
Thanks for all that info Shelli. We both wondered what was the story behind his names. Wonderful choices.
Dad & Cheryl
Thanks for clearing that up! I knew his name meant something oh so special! Lang Lang is absolutely adorable, can’t wait to meet him.
Lisa K, in Golden BC
Thanks Lisa!!! I can’t wait for him to see beautiful Golden! And Jasper National Park!!!!! Hope you’re all well!!!
Argh! Costanza is pretty freakin’ yummy! I love him. Great name(s). Lang Lang is an awesome pianist, and apparently a pretty cool guy.
PS – I love the name Cillian, and I put it in the list of possibles, and the boy vetoed it with quickness. 😦
I love the name Cillian!!! I’ve got to check out Lang Lang’s piano music!!!
Cool background to the name!!! Did people bug you ENDLESSLY during your pregnancy about what baby names you were thinking of? Oh and I know I’ve said it before but he is a Cuuuuuuuuuutie McCute Cute!!!
Thank youuuuuuu!!!! ENDLESSLY!!!! And they always had opinions about it too!
Hi this is Juna, Langdon you have a very big tummy, I can’t wait to see you and hold you!
Juna!!! I can’t wait for you to meet Langdon!!! Soon! Very soon!