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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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.