Johnson is a surname of Anglo-Norman origin meaning "Son of John". It is the second most common in the United States and 154th most common in the world.[1][2] As a common family name in Scotland, Johnson is occasionally a variation of Johnston, a habitational name.

Pronunciation/ˈɒnsən/ (listen)
Language(s)English, Scottish
Meaningson of John
Region of originEngland, Normandy
Other names
Variant form(s)Bevan, Giannitelli, Giannopoulos, Hanson, Hansson, Hovannesian, Hovannesyan, Hovhannisian, Hovhannisyan, I'Anson, Ioannides, Ioannidis, Ioannou, Ionescu, Ivanenko, Ivanić, Ivanov, Ivanović, Ivanovski, Janavičius, Jānsons, Janowicz, JansenI, Jansons/Jansone, Janssen, Jensen, Johansson, Johns, Johnston, Johnstone, Jonavičius, Jonson, Jonsson, Jónsson, Johnsson, Jones, Jovanović, Mac Eoin, MacIain, Mac Seáin, McKeown, McKeon, McLachlan


The name itself is a patronym of the given name John, literally meaning "son of John". The name John derives from Latin Johannes, which is derived through Greek Ἰωάννης Iōannēs from Hebrew יוחנןYohanan, meaning "Yahweh has favoured".[3]


The name has been extremely popular in Europe since the Christian era as a result of it being given to St John the Baptist, St John the Evangelist and nearly one thousand other Christian saints.[3]

Other Germanic languagesEdit

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  1. ^ Wikisource:1990 Census Name Files dist.all.last (1-100)
  2. ^ "Johnson Surname Meaning, Origins & Distribution".
  3. ^ a b "Johnson name meanings". Retrieved 12 July 2020.
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