Johnson

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7k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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1.9m
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Johnson mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Johnson

"Johnson" is a name of English origin, and it means "Son of John". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. 17th President of the United States; was elected vice president and succeeded Lincoln when Lincoln was assassinated; was impeached but acquitted by one vote (1808-1875)
  2. 36th President of the United States; was elected vice president and succeeded Kennedy when Kennedy was assassinated (1908-1973)
  3. English writer and lexicographer (1709-1784)
Wiktionary

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

  • In the U.S. the name Johnson has been adopted by numerous immigrant families originally named Johansson, Johnsson, Johansen, Jonsson, etc.
  1. A common surname​. The second most common surname in the United States.
  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. Alternative letter-case form of johnson (penis).

Johnson was also found in the following language(s): Hungarian

Notable Persons Named Johnson

Johnson Beharry is a military person.

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Blu is a hip hop music and alternative hip hop rapping and record producer. He was most active from 2003 to 2003. Blu was given the name Johnson Barnes on April 15th, 1983 in Los Angeles. Blu is also known as Barnes and Johnson (birth name).

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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi was a General Officer Commanding, Nigerian Army, and Chief of Army Staff (Nigeria). His career lasted from 1966 to 1966. His military service ended in 1966. Johnson was born on March 3rd, 1924 in Umuahia. He breathed his last breath on July 29th, 1966.

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Johnson was a film score and world music musician. He plays Harmonium, guitar, flute, drums, violin, accordion, and Pump organ. His career lasted from 1978 to 2011. Johnson was born on March 26th, 1953. Johnson is also known as Johnson Master. He left this life on August 18th, 2011.

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Johnson Lee is an actor, impressionist, and impressionist (entertainment). His ongoing career started in 1999. Johnson was born on April 11th, 1974 in Hong Kong.

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Johnson Hagood was a 20th Comptroller Generalof South Carolina. His military service ended in 1865. Johnson was born on February 21st, 1829 in Barnwell, South Carolina. He passed away on January 4th, 1898.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Johnson

Dwayne Johnson is an actor, producer, professional wrestler, and professional wrestling. He was most prominent from 1995 to 2004. Dwayne was given the name Dwayne Douglas Johnson on May 2nd, 1972 in Hayward, California, U.S.

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Gary Johnson is an office holder. Gary was born on January 1st, 1953 in Minot, North Dakota.

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Lyndon B. Johnson was a 36th President of the United States, 37th Vice President of the United States, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, Senate Majority Whip, and Party leaders of the United States Senate. His military service ended in 1940. Lyndon was given the name Lyndon Baines Johnson on August 27th, 1908 in Stonewall, Texas, U.S. He passed away on January 22nd, 1973.

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Boris Johnson is a --05- for Uxbridge, South Ruislip, for Henley, 2nd Mayor of London, Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Shadow Minister for the Arts, Member of Parliament, forUxbridge, forHenley, Department for Education, Minister for Culture, Communications, and Cre. Boris was born on June 19th, 1964 in Manhattan, New York, U.S.

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Meg Johnson is a poetry poet. Meg was born in Ames, Iowa.

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Katherine Johnson is a in the fields of mathematics and computer science. Katherine was born on August 26th, 1918 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 13 0 13
1881 11 0 11
1882 11 0 11
1883 12 0 12
1884 13 0 13
1885 13 0 13
1886 11 0 11
1887 11 0 11
1888 18 0 18
1889 13 0 13
1890 16 0 16
1891 24 0 24
1892 20 0 20
1893 13 0 13
1894 6 0 6
1895 13 0 13
1896 20 0 20
1897 11 0 11
1898 10 0 10
1899 22 0 22
1900 36 0 36
1901 18 0 18
1902 13 0 13
1903 14 0 14
1904 20 0 20
1905 38 0 38
1906 25 0 25
1907 16 0 16
1908 17 0 17
1909 24 0 24
1910 24 0 24
1911 18 0 18
1912 42 0 42
1913 32 0 32
1914 52 0 52
1915 74 0 74
1916 70 0 70
1917 60 6 54
1918 79 0 79
1919 77 0 77
1920 69 0 69
1921 85 0 85
1922 52 0 52
1923 63 0 63
1924 64 0 64
1925 57 0 57
1926 61 0 61
1927 58 0 58
1928 65 0 65
1929 58 0 58
1930 52 0 52
1931 33 0 33
1932 54 0 54
1933 38 0 38
1934 40 0 40
1935 39 0 39
1936 37 0 37
1937 37 0 37
1938 44 0 44
1939 37 0 37
1940 32 0 32
1941 37 0 37
1942 54 0 54
1943 51 0 51
1944 55 0 55
1945 47 0 47
1946 40 0 40
1947 51 0 51
1948 60 0 60
1949 45 0 45
1950 46 0 46
1951 39 0 39
1952 46 0 46
1953 39 0 39
1954 41 0 41
1955 31 0 31
1956 26 0 26
1957 41 0 41
1958 27 0 27
1959 29 0 29
1960 38 0 38
1961 42 0 42
1962 32 0 32
1963 41 0 41
1964 43 0 43
1965 37 0 37
1966 31 0 31
1967 29 0 29
1968 31 0 31
1969 29 0 29
1970 20 0 20
1971 22 0 22
1972 29 0 29
1973 18 0 18
1974 32 0 32
1975 25 0 25
1976 35 0 35
1977 27 6 21
1978 30 0 30
1979 36 0 36
1980 55 0 55
1981 63 0 63
1982 92 0 92
1983 85 0 85
1984 68 0 68
1985 83 0 83
1986 94 5 89
1987 104 5 99
1988 91 0 91
1989 98 0 98
1990 89 0 89
1991 92 0 92
1992 87 0 87
1993 106 0 106
1994 87 0 87
1995 93 0 93
1996 102 0 102
1997 85 0 85
1998 65 0 65
1999 78 0 78
2000 111 0 111
2001 82 0 82
2002 78 0 78
2003 97 0 97
2004 87 0 87
2005 78 0 78
2006 94 0 94
2007 94 0 94
2008 71 0 71
2009 85 0 85
2010 60 0 60
2011 72 0 72
2012 64 0 64
2013 62 0 62
2014 61 0 61
2015 74 0 74
2016 72 0 72
2017 59 0 59

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Popularity of Johnson as a first name

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Popularity of Johnson as a last name

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Common last names for Johnson

  • Williams
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  • Brown
  • Moore
  • Davis
  • Hill
  • Miller
  • Walker
  • White
  • Young
  • Adams

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Johnson U.S.
  White 58.97% 64.26%
  African American 34.63% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.94% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.56% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.36% 16.26%

Of Last Name Johnson

People with the last name Johnson are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Johnson

  • How Popular is the name Johnson? Johnson is the 3,177th most popular name of all time. As a last name Johnson was the 2nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Johnson have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,655 babies born with the first name Johnson in the United States. That's more than enough people named Johnson to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Johnson? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 13 new born babies.
  • When was Johnson first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Johnson is Wednesday, February 10th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Johnson born? The highest recorded use of the first name Johnson was in 2000 with a total of 111 babies.
  • Random Johnson Factoid: According to the 2001 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Johnson is not a popular baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 2001.
  • Weird things about the name Johnson: Your name in reverse order is Nosnhoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Honsojn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Johnson? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,932,812 people with the last name Johnson.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Johnson? Johnson was ranked as the 2nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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