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Family name
Meaning "son of John"
Region of origin England, Scotland, Ireland
Language of origin English
Related names Johnston, Johnstone, Jonson, Jonsson, Johansson, Johnsson, Jones, Jovanović, Maclan, MacShane, McKeown, MacEoin, McOwen, McKeon, Ivanov
Footnotes: Frequency Comparisons[1]
US Census 1990[2]

The name Johnson is an English, Scottish, Swedish or Irish patronymic surname of Anglo-Norman origin. The name itself is a patronym of the given name John, literally meaning "son of John." The name John derives from Latin Johannes, which is derived through Greek Iōannēs, from Hebrew Yohanan meaning "Jehovah has favoured". The name was extremely popular in Europe since the Christian era, as a result of it being given to St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist and nearly one thousand other Christian saints.[3]



In Ireland, the surname can also be an Anglicisation of the Gaelic Mac Seáin (MacShane). Seán is a Gaelicisation of the Norman-French Jean. The MacShanes were a branch of the O'Neills of Tyrone.

In North America, the surname Johnson has absorbed many derivatives of this patronym from European languages.[3] It is the second most common family name in the United States after Smith. During the 1990 census, approximately 0.81% of people counted had this family name.[4]

Notable people sharing the surname "Johnson"


See also



Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

There is more than one place called Johnson:

United States of America

See also: Johnson City

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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also johnson



Alternative spellings


A patronymic surname derived from John, literally son of John. For an etymology of John, see the Wiktionary definition of John, or the Wikipedia article on John (name).


Proper noun

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  1. A common surname. The second most common surname in the U.S.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. Any of several place names in the United States founded by people with the surname.
  4. (slang) the penis


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Meaning: son of John
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