Johnny

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314k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Johnny

"Johnny" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Diminutive form of John". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun John"ny
Senses
  1. A familiar diminutive of John.
  2. [Zoöl] A sculpin.(Local cant)
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. `Johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `greyback' derived from their grey Confederate uniforms
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John +‎ -y

  1. A diminutive of the male given name John.
  2. (slang) A jack (the playing card)
  3. (informal) A Confederate soldier; nickname used by the Union soldiers in the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Johnny was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Johnny

Johnny Depp is an actor, producer, and musician. His ongoing career started in 1984. Johnny was given the name John Christopher Depp II on June 9th, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.

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Johnny Cash was a singer-songwriter, musician, actor, and author. He was most prominent from 1954 to 2003. His military service ended in 1954. Johnny was given the name J. R. Cash on February 26th, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas, U.S. Johnny is also known as Cash, John R.; Cash, and J.R.. He passed away on September 12th, 2003.

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Jimi Hendrix was a psychedelic rock, hard rock, blues, and rhythm musician. He plays Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Flying V. He holds the title Bold as Love", The Star-Spangled Banner", and Machine Gun". He was most active from 1963 to 1970. Jimi was given the name Johnny Allen Hendrix on November 27th, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, U.S. He breathed his last breath on September 18th, 1970.

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Johnny Galecki is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to present. Johnny was given the name John Mark Galecki on April 30th, 1975 in Bree, Belgium.

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Johnny Manziel is a football player for the Cleveland Browns. Johnny was born on December 6th, 1992 in Tyler, Texas.

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Johnny Carson was a satire, sketch comedy, improvisational comedy, and improvisational theatre comedian. Johnny was given the name John William Carson on October 23rd, 1925 in Corning, Iowa. He left this life on January 23rd, 2005.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Johnny

Southside Johnny is a rock, blues, and blue-eyed soul musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, and Lead vocalist. He was most active from 1970 to present. Southside was given the name John Lyon on December 4th, 1948 in Neptune, New Jersey, United States.

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Johnny is a soccer player for the Qingdao Jonoon F.C., Ituano FC, Tupi Football Club, Paulista Futebol Clube, CR Vasco da Gama, Clube Náutico Capibaribe, Sport Club Corinthians Alagoano, União São João Esporte Clube, and Shanghai Shenxin F.C. Johnny was born on August 6th, 1985 in Lavras.

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Coffee was born in 1829. He breathed his last breath on April 7th, 1900.

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Mahn Johnny is a Member of the Ayeyarwady Region Hluttaw, Member of the Pyithu Hluttaw, Member-elect of the Pyithu Hluttaw, Member of thePyithu Hluttaw, and Member-electof thePyithu Hluttaw. His career lasted from 2016 to 2016. Mahn was born on January 31st, 1942 in Singaungyi, Bassein, British Burma.

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David Johnny is a soccer player for the Cebagoo Football Club, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, and Sabah United FC. David was born on January 5th, 1982 in Sandakan.

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Sonia M. Johnny is a diplomat and lawyer. She has been prominent since 1979. Sonia was given the name Sonia Merlyn Johnny in 1953 in Saint Lucia.

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How popular is the baby name Johnny in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 20 0 20
1881 13 0 13
1882 16 0 16
1883 14 0 14
1884 15 0 15
1885 21 0 21
1886 23 0 23
1887 31 0 31
1888 21 0 21
1889 20 0 20
1890 23 0 23
1891 31 0 31
1892 33 0 33
1893 21 0 21
1894 29 0 29
1895 35 0 35
1896 43 5 38
1897 36 5 31
1898 39 0 39
1899 36 0 36
1900 72 0 72
1901 48 0 48
1902 70 0 70
1903 59 0 59
1904 77 0 77
1905 83 0 83
1906 90 6 84
1907 105 8 97
1908 112 5 107
1909 124 7 117
1910 178 11 167
1911 157 10 147
1912 224 7 217
1913 278 15 263
1914 350 19 331
1915 446 29 417
1916 478 20 458
1917 558 27 531
1918 678 34 644
1919 696 36 660
1920 803 35 768
1921 871 47 824
1922 904 40 864
1923 1,016 43 973
1924 1,093 45 1,048
1925 1,209 43 1,166
1926 1,333 45 1,288
1927 1,397 45 1,352
1928 1,597 69 1,528
1929 1,578 46 1,532
1930 1,874 54 1,820
1931 1,761 43 1,718
1932 2,057 43 2,014 #96 boy name
1933 2,098 47 2,051 #90 boy name
1934 2,366 30 2,336 #83 boy name
1935 2,570 39 2,531 #74 boy name
1936 2,781 49 2,732 #72 boy name
1937 2,860 36 2,824 #69 boy name
1938 3,237 40 3,197 #63 boy name
1939 3,407 35 3,372 #62 boy name
1940 4,054 59 3,995 #51 boy name
1941 4,032 49 3,983 #55 boy name
1942 4,637 53 4,584 #56 boy name
1943 5,433 54 5,379 #52 boy name
1944 5,711 51 5,660 #45 boy name
1945 5,752 51 5,701 #45 boy name
1946 6,658 52 6,606 #47 boy name
1947 7,498 56 7,442 #49 boy name
1948 6,901 43 6,858 #52 boy name
1949 7,044 75 6,969 #49 boy name
1950 6,647 64 6,583 #50 boy name
1951 6,761 61 6,700 #50 boy name
1952 6,838 67 6,771 #53 boy name
1953 6,774 68 6,706 #52 boy name
1954 6,664 60 6,604 #54 boy name
1955 6,678 55 6,623 #55 boy name
1956 6,696 62 6,634 #55 boy name
1957 6,548 52 6,496 #61 boy name
1958 6,387 62 6,325 #61 boy name
1959 6,379 79 6,300 #65 boy name
1960 6,257 75 6,182 #65 boy name
1961 5,972 72 5,900 #70 boy name
1962 5,843 64 5,779 #69 boy name
1963 5,473 54 5,419 #71 boy name
1964 5,119 56 5,063 #74 boy name
1965 4,726 43 4,683 #76 boy name
1966 4,409 44 4,365 #73 boy name
1967 4,223 55 4,168 #70 boy name
1968 4,092 36 4,056 #69 boy name
1969 4,267 51 4,216 #68 boy name
1970 4,488 47 4,441 #65 boy name
1971 3,985 46 3,939 #74 boy name
1972 3,602 36 3,566 #74 boy name
1973 3,312 46 3,266 #82 boy name
1974 3,207 38 3,169 #84 boy name
1975 3,002 33 2,969 #86 boy name
1976 2,910 35 2,875 #92 boy name
1977 2,843 41 2,802 #93 boy name
1978 2,599 38 2,561
1979 2,483 36 2,447
1980 2,662 22 2,640
1981 2,587 31 2,556
1982 2,514 25 2,489
1983 2,385 22 2,363
1984 2,291 22 2,269
1985 2,232 23 2,209
1986 2,231 26 2,205
1987 2,228 28 2,200
1988 2,286 21 2,265
1989 2,310 13 2,297
1990 2,497 17 2,480
1991 2,260 14 2,246
1992 2,116 21 2,095
1993 1,976 12 1,964
1994 1,963 16 1,947
1995 1,700 16 1,684
1996 1,616 5 1,611
1997 1,470 8 1,462
1998 1,488 8 1,480
1999 1,496 6 1,490
2000 1,465 6 1,459
2001 1,540 6 1,534
2002 1,445 11 1,434
2003 1,372 7 1,365
2004 1,324 10 1,314
2005 1,397 5 1,392
2006 1,460 5 1,455
2007 1,510 6 1,504
2008 1,480 6 1,474
2009 1,350 7 1,343
2010 1,299 7 1,292
2011 1,252 5 1,247
2012 1,240 5 1,235
2013 1,331 7 1,324
2014 1,189 9 1,180
2015 1,153 7 1,146
2016 1,039 11 1,028

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Popularity of Johnny as a first name

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Popularity of Johnny as a last name

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Common last names for Johnny

  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Jackson
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Walker
  • Thomas
  • Harris
  • Miller
  • White
  • Robinson
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Green
  • Wright

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Johnny U.S.
  White 15.49% 64.26%
  African American 31.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 25.56% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 15.64% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.56% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.62% 16.26%

Of Last Name Johnny

People with the last name Johnny are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Johnny

  • How Popular is the name Johnny? Johnny is the 227th most popular name of all time. As a last name Johnny was the 34,149th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Johnny have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 314,273 babies born with the first name Johnny in the United States. That's more than enough people named Johnny to occupy the country of Belize with an estimated population of 312,971 (as of May 12, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Johnny? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 20 new born babies.
  • When was Johnny first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Johnny is Tuesday, May 31st, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Johnny born? The highest recorded use of the first name Johnny was in 1947 with a total of 7,442 babies. That's a lot of babies named Johnny!
  • Random Johnny Factoid: According to the 1970 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Johnny ranks 96th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 8 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 1970.
  • Weird things about the name Johnny: Your name in reverse order is Ynnhoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nhnyjo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Johnny? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 665 people with the last name Johnny.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Johnny? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Johnny as their last name since less than 1 person in 435k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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