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Origins of the John surname

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About the Johns

We have a total number of 143708 records for people with the last name John.

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Where do most Johns live?

In 1921, most Johns lived in South West.

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Interesting facts about Johns

How common is your surname?

189th most common surname in the UK

We have 126,000 records for the John surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Johns most likely to marry?

St Johns



Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Johns.

What are the most common John first names?

  • William
  • Thomas
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of John family members

Common jobs for Johns

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Johns in 1921


House Servant


General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Johns in 1921
Coal Miner




Coal Miner Hewer






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