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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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