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?!
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!
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.
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!!!”
Yes, very funny Langdon. Very funny.
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.
Thank you Langdon for being such a sweet, sweet baby!!! My little prince!