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Origins of the Johnstone surname

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About the Johnstones

We have a total number of 124872 records for people with the last name Johnstone.

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Where do most Johnstones live?

In 1921, most Johnstones lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Johnstones

How common is your surname?

496th most common surname in the UK

We have 97,200 records for the Johnstone surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Johnstones most likely to marry?




Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Johnstones.

What are the most common Johnstone first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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

Common jobs for Johnstones

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

Common Female occupations for Johnstones in 1921




Domestic Servant


House Keeper


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Johnstones in 1921
Coal Miner


Farm Servant


General Labourer






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