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Meaning and Origin

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  1. Confederate general in the American Civil War; led the Confederate troops in the West (1807-1891)
  1. A Scottish habitational surname from a place in Dumfriesshire, meaning "John's town".
  2. An English surname, variant of Johnson.

Notable Persons Named Johnston

Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson was an actor. His career lasted from 1874 to 1913. Johnston was born on January 16th, 1853 in London, England. He passed away on November 6th, 1937.


Johnston Blakeley is a military person. His military service ended in 1800.


Johnston Xavier Fernando is a Project Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports and Minister of Co-operatives & Internal Trade. Johnston was born on December 5th, 1964.


Johnston Murray was a Governor of Oklahoma. He was most prominent from 1951 to 1955. Johnston was born on July 21st, 1902 in Emet, Johnston County, Indian Territory. He passed away on April 16th, 1974.


Hooligan is a hip hop music and dance music musician. He has been prominent since 2002. Hooligan was given the name Johnston Farrugia on September 23rd, 1980 in Qrendi. Hooligan is also known as Johnston Farrugia.


Johnston was born in 1800. He passed away in 1876.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Johnston

Stella Maeve is an actress and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 2005. Stella was given the name Stella Maeve Johnston on November 14th, 1989 in Nyack, New York, USA. Stella is also known as Stella Maeve Johnston.


Daniel Johnston is a rock music, pop music, outsider music, and lo-fi music musician. He plays Vocals, piano, guitar, drums, and Chord organ. He has been prominent since 1978. Daniel was given the name Daniel Dale Johnston on January 22nd, 1961 in Sacramento, California, United States.


David Johnston is a 28 and [[#External links. He has had major accomplishments since 2010. David was born on June 28th, 1941 in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.


Kristen Johnston is an actress and actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to present. Kristen was born on September 20th, 1967 in Washington, D.C.


Brett Somers was an actress, comedian, singer, game show panelist, and writer. She was most active from 1955 to 2006. Brett was given the name Audrey Johnston on July 11th, 1924 in Saint John, New Brunswick. Brett is also known as Audrey Klugman and Dawn Johnston. She breathed her last breath on September 15th, 2007.


Bruce Johnston is a rock, roll, baroque pop, and surf music musician. He plays Piano, Keyboard instrument, Bass guitar, Guitar, and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 1957. Bruce was given the name Benjamin Baldwin on June 27th, 1942 in Peoria, Illinois.


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Popularity of Johnston as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Johnston U.S.
  White 91.62% 64.26%
  African American 2.41% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.68% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.83% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.84% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.62% 16.26%

Of Last Name Johnston

People with the last name Johnston are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Johnston

  • How Popular is the name Johnston? Johnston is the 17,177th most popular name of all time. As a last name Johnston was the 225th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Johnston have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 457 babies born with the first name Johnston in the United States. That's more than enough people named Johnston to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Johnston? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Johnston first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Johnston is Wednesday, July 25th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Johnston born? The highest recorded use of the first name Johnston was in 2007 with a total of 18 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Johnston: Your name in reverse order is Notsnhoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Osnnjhot. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Johnston? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 131,373 people with the last name Johnston.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Johnston? Johnston was ranked as the 225th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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