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Johnston Name Meaning

habitational name, deriving in most cases from the place so called in Annandale, in Dumfriesshire. This is derived from the genitive case of the personal name John + Middle English tone, toun ‘settlement’ (Old English tun). There are other places in Scotland so called, including the city of Perth, which used to be known as St. John’s Toun, and some of these may also be sources of the surname. variant of Johnson (see John), with intrusive -t-.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Johnson, Whiston, Rolston, Swanston, Winston, Colston, Woolston

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Where is the Johnston family from?

You can see how Johnston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Johnston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Johnston families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 578 Johnston families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 23% of all the recorded Johnston's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Johnston families in 1840.
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What did your Johnston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Johnston. Some less common occupations for Americans named Johnston were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 261,000 immigration records available for the last name Johnston. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 217,000 military records available for the last name Johnston. For the veterans among your Johnston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Johnston lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Johnston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Johnston in 1940 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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