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Johnson Name Meaning

English and Scottish: patronymic from the personal name John. As an American family name, Johnson has absorbed patronymics and many other derivatives of this name in continental European languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988.)

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

Similar surnames: Johnston, Johnsen, Jonson, Jackson, Janson, Johansen, Jonsson, Ohlson

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Where is the Johnson family from?

You can see how Johnson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Johnson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Johnson families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2,326 Johnson families living in New York. This was about 16% of all the recorded Johnson's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Johnson families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Johnson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Johnson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Johnson. Some less common occupations for Americans named Johnson were Carpenter and Housewife. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 8 million census records available for the last name Johnson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Johnson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 949,000 immigration records available for the last name Johnson. 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 1 million military records available for the last name Johnson. For the veterans among your Johnson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Johnson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Johnson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Johnson in 1940 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

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