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JOHNSON - Name Meaning & Origin

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JOHNSON Surname Meaning & Origin:

Johnson is an English patronymic name meaning "son of John (gift of God)." The name John derives from the Latin Johannes, which is derived from the Hebrew Yohanan meaning "Jehovah has favoured."

The suffix meaning "son," creates several different variations of the JOHNSON surname. Examples: English son, Norwegian sen, German sohn, and Swedish sson. JONES is the common Welsh version of this surname.

The JOHNSON surname may also be an Anglicisation of the Gaelic surname MacSeain or MacShane.

Johnson was a very popular name among Christians, given the many saints named John, including St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist.

Surname Origin:

Alternate Surname Spellings:

JOHNSTON, JONSON, JONSEN, JOHANSON, JOHNSTONE, JOHNSSON, JOHANNSAN, MACSHANE, MCSHANE, MCSEAIN

Fun Facts About the JOHNSTON Surname:

Johnston/Johnstone combined was the 10th most frequent surname at the General Register Office of Scotland in 1995.

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History of the Johnston/Johnstone Clan
There were a number of "John's towns" in Scotland but the earliest record of the surname is a John Johnstone at the end of the 12th century.

Johnson Name Meaning & Family History
An overview of the Johnson surname meaning, plus subscription-based access to genealogical records on Johnson families around the world from Ancestry.com.

FamilySearch - JOHNSON Genealogy
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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.


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