What does the name Johnson mean?
Johnson is a patronymic name simply meaning 'son of John'. Originating from a saint's name, it has always proved popular and was particularly associated with the Crusades in the 12th century. Famous people in history with the surname Johnson include US President Lyndon B Johnson, athletics superstar Michael Johnson, and pioneering English aviator Amy Johnson.
The earliest occurrence of the Johnson surname in our family history documents is from 1439, and we currently have 11,523,739 records where Johnson appears.
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Typical jobs for Johnsons
Hard-working people, the Johnsons. 5878 worked as labourers, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Johnsons lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Johnson in Lancashire.
Johnsons’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Johnsons were angels, apparently. We found 10767 in criminal records.
Johnsons in World War I
According to the World War I records, 8496 Johnsons served in the First World War.