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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


Similar surnames: Johnson, Whiston, Rolston, Swanston, Winston, Colston, Woolston

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Johnston Family Origin

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Johnston Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Johnston family was Farming. The most common Johnston occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Johnston's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Johnston.

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  • Farmer

    34%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farming

    3%

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Johnston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Johnston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Johnston 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 Johnston. 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 Johnston. For the veterans among your Johnston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Johnston Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Johnston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Johnston in 1940 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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