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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


Similar surnames: Johnston, Johnsen, Jonson, Jackson, Janson, Johansen, Jonsson, Ohlson

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Johnson Family Origin

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Johnson Family Occupations

What did your Johnson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Johnson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Johnson's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Johnson family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Johnson.

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • Laborer

    13%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Farm Laborer

    5%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Johnson ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Johnson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Johnson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Johnson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Johnson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Johnson. For the veterans among your Johnson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Johnson Life Expectancy

What is the average Johnson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Johnson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Johnson in 1940 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Johnson

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Johnson ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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