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Family spelling variants includes Jonson, Joynson, Jonsson, Johanson

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Family spelling variants include Jonson, Joynson, Jonsson, Johanson.

There are approximately 2,690,630 Johnson family members around the world. In general you can double this figure to include those related to the Johnson names to allow for those connected to the name through maiden name connections.

It is estimated that the largest group of Johnson family members live in USA with 2,293,849 (85.3%) members, England with 191,412 (7.1%), Canada with 79,512 (3%), Australia with 59,120 (2.2%), South Africa with 45,130 (1.7%), Wales with 6,335 (0.2%), New Zealand with 6,149 (0.2%), Scotland with 5,122 (0.2%) and Ireland with 3,973 (0.1%).

An English and Scottish relationship name from the personal name John + the patronymic marker -son, meaning the ‘son of John’. 

The name is a patronymic from a first name of biblical origin, 'Johanan' or 'God is gracious'. This name was brought into Britain and Ireland by the Normans: Norman-French 'Jehan'. There are many other derivatives of this name in continental European languages. 

In Irish, Mac Seáin, also formerly written Mac Seagháin, anglicised as MacShane, also as Johnson, by translation, 'son of John'. The Irish Seán is the Gaelicisation of the Norman name. 'Shane' is simply a phonetic rendering of Seán.

Early bearers of the surname include: John Jonessone, 1287 in Ancient Deeds i (Surrey); Wautier Jonessone, 1296 in Scotland Calendar (Berwicks); John Jonesone, 1321 in Ancient Deeds i (Surrey); William Johnson, Robert Johanson, Jonson, 1379 in Yorks Poll Tax; William Johnson, 1517 in IGI (Tipton, Staffs); Rychardus Johnson, 1535 in IGI (Brocklesby, Lincs); Alicia Johnson, 1538 in IGI (Croxton, Cambs); Annes Johnson, 1538 in IGI (Saint James Garlickhithe, London); Myles Johnson, 1539 in IGI (Aldborough, WR Yorks).

Joseph Johnson, an English convict from London, was transported aboard the "Almorah" in April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia.

In 1891 Census, there were 110,490 occurrences of the surname in England and Wales, with a further 2,221 in Scotland. 

In 1881 Census, the surname was widespread, especially in North and central England. Nottingham was reported as a top county for the surname with 2,152. Further South, the county of Kent ranked higher as a top county for the surname with 3,338 occurrences. 

In 1881, the most common occupation for Johnson members in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Johnson. A less common occupation was Labourer. 

Amy Johnson CBE (born 1903) was a pioneering female pilot who came to prominence through her endeavour to set a record for a solo flight from London to Darwin, Australia. She vanished on 5 January 1941, over the Thames estuary. 

Another noted, Dustin Hunter Johnson (born June 22, 1984) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He first became the world number 1-ranked golfer in February 2017 and remained there for 64 consecutive weeks, the 5th longest run as number 1.

Professor Stacy Dianne Johnson M.B.E., British Associate Professor for University of Nottingham, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Healthcare, to Higher Education to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

1881, 1891 Census

1881 Census in Kent

1881 Census in Nottinghamshire

Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016

1860 Lower, Mark A Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom, London: J.R Smith. Public Domain

1857 Arthur, William An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain


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Ricky Johnson

I went to a code of arms store. Gave them my name and the girl looked it up and said it is from Ireland and from 300BC.She said it was one of the oldest names. The code of arms was with the the 5 cocks . Anyone know if this is true?

Camellia Wateridge

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