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Johnson Family History

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

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11,352,930 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
1,472,002 Military Records
852,498 Immigration Records
8,482,497 Census and Voter Lists
16,419,387 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Johnson Families

  • Number of Johnson families
     10,280 - 20,558
     3,427 - 10,279
     1 - 3,426
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Johnson families
     8,588 - 17,173
     2,863 - 8,587
     1 - 2,862
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Johnson families
     430 - 857
     144 - 429
     1 - 143
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Johnson Family Origin

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Johnson Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Johnson

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Johnson Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Johnson Civil War Service Records

All Johnson
35,294
Confederate
13,068
Union
22,226

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