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What does the name Johnson mean?

The Johnson surname is primarly English and Scottish, and has a patronymic origin. It's the 154th most common around the world, and the second most common name in the United States. In the most basic form the surname Johnson is given to 'son of John/Johannes', which means that variants are prevalent everywhere that these forenames are found (e.g. in Scandinavia, as 'Janssen/Jonsson'), particularly in the Christian world.

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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