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Johnston Family History

Johnston Name Meaning
habitational name, deriving in most cases from the place so called in Annandale, in Dumfriesshire. This is derived from the genitive case of the personal name John + Middle English tone, toun ‘settlement’ (Old English tun). There are other places in Scotland so called, including the city of Perth, which used to be known as St. John’s Toun, and some of these may also be sources of the surname.variant of Johnson (see John), with intrusive -t-.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Johnston Families

  • Number of Johnston families
     1,197 - 2,391
     400 - 1,196
     1 - 399
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Johnston families
     1,134 - 2,266
     379 - 1,133
     1 - 378
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Johnston families
     2,158 - 4,313
     720 - 2,157
     1 - 719
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Johnston Family Origin

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Johnston Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Johnston

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Johnston Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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