One of the oldest men in the world is finally getting a namesake.
Esmond Allock has six children, 17 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
None, however, had been named after him—until one of the great-grandchildren named her son.
Jenna Lehne said that she named her son Esmond after the esteemed patriarch.
“When I found out I was pregnant with my first son, he got on the phone and called all his children to let them know that I was increasing the population. When I got pregnant with my second, he mentioned to my grandmother that he was responsible for 71 descendants and no one had named their son after him,” Lehne wrote in an essay published on Love What Matters.
“My husband and I had wanted to name our new son after family, and that just sealed the deal.ve been lucky enough to have had him with me for the past 30 years.”
Lehne said Esmond was born on Jan. 11, 2017. After the snow melted, she took him to meet his namesake.
“When we arrived, he wasn’t sure who I was. He knew who my grandparents (his daughter and son-in-law) were, but he wasn’t too sure about me. I explained who I was, but by then he was already so enamored with Esmond,” she said.
“As he held my son, he kissed his head and said over and over again, ‘You don’t know what this means to me. You don’t know what this means to me.’”
Lehne lives about five hours from Esmond Allock, in Okotoks, Alberta.
Lehne told CNN that some members of the family carry Esmond as a middle name but she’s not sure why no one had previously used the name as a first name.
“He takes such joy in his family and his descendants. He’s met all of his great-great-grand-kids and he loves each and every one of them,” she said.