Johnson name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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What does the name Johnson mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Johnson

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Minnesota, U.S., the name Johnson is of English origin and means "The name Johnson refers to the son of John, anyone with the last name Johnson is a descendant of a son of John".
  2. According to a user from Texas, U.S., the name Johnson means "'Son of John'".
  3. A user from the United States says the name Johnson is of African origin and means "Family oriented".
  4. A submission from Canada says the name Johnson means "Jehovah has witnessed" and is of Swedish origin.
  5. A user from Ohio, U.S. says the name Johnson means "It mean kind and nice".
  6. According to a user from Nigeria, the name Johnson is of Greek origin and means "Faithfulness".
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  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)

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): Cebuano, French, and Hungarian

Notable Persons Named Johnson

Notable Persons Named Johnson

Johnson Beharry

Johnson Beharry is a military person.


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).

Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

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.


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.

Johnson Lee

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.

Johnson Hagood

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.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Johnson

Notable Persons With the Last Name Johnson

Dwayne 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.

Gary Johnson

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

Lyndon B. Johnson

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.

Boris Johnson

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.

Meg Johnson

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

Katherine Johnson

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.

  • Andrew Johnson
    17th President of the United States
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Demetrious Johnson
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  • Don Johnson
  • Brian Johnson
  • Rick James
  • Ashley Johnson
  • Nicole Johnson
  • Jake Johnson
  • Rian Johnson
  • Amy Jo Johnson
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Lady Bird Johnson
    First Lady of the United States

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

  • What name lists does Johnson rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Johnson? Johnson is the 3,242nd 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 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,768 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 1990 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Johnson is not a popular baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Florida have the same name in 1990.
  • Weird things about the name Johnson: The name spelled backwards is Nosnhoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Jhoonsn. 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!
  • Johnson name meaning

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