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Johnson is a name whose roots are found in the clans of the Boernician people of ancient Scotland. The Johnson family lived in any of several place names in Scotland. Most instances of the name are thought to come from the barony of John's Town in Annandale, Dumfriesshire. The place name comes from the personal name John, and the Middle English tone or toun, meaning "a town." Other places so named in Scotland include St. John's Toun (now the city of Perth).

Johnson Early Origins



The surname Johnson was first found in Dumfries (now part of the region of Galloway) where they held the barony of John's Town. There is a heraldic similarity with the Kirkpatrick family coat of arms, leading to the belief that John was a descendant of Gospatrick, Earl of Northumberland. Gilbert, son of John received a parcel of land in southern Annandale from William Bruce, Lord of Annandale, some time between 1195 and 1214.

"Shortly after 1174 John the founder of the family of Johnstone, gave his name to his lands in Annandale, Dumfriesshire, whence his son Gilbert took his surname. 'Who John, the father of Gilbert, was it is now perhaps impossible to determine. He may have been a native settler who, when the Bruces were made lords of Annandale, elected to hold his lands from them, or, as seems most likely, he followed his overlords from their Yorkshire, or more southern, estates, and was gifted with the lands to which he gave his name, and which, later, formed the parish and barony of Johnstone.'" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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Johnson Spelling Variations


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Johnson Spelling Variations



Scribes in the Middle Ages simply spelled according to sound. The result is an enormous number of spelling variations among names that evolved in that era. Johnson has been spelled Jonsoom, Jonstoombe, Johnson, Johnstome, Jonstoom, Jonstoomb, Johnstolm, Jonsome, Johnstume, Jonstolm, Jonsolm, Jonstum, Jonstome, Jonsom, Jonsum, Jonstume, Jonsomb, Jonsombe, Jonsoombe, Jonsoomb and many more.

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Johnson Early History


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Johnson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Johnson research. Another 477 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1611, 1663, 1625, 1672, 1664, 1721, 1701, 1602, 1653, 1687, 1730, 1697, 1772, 1743, 1754, 1711, 1700 and are included under the topic Early Johnson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Johnson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Johnson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Archibald Johnston, Lord Warriston (1611-1663), a Scottish judge and statesman; James Johnstone (1625-1672), 1st Earl of Annandale and Hartfell; his son William Johnstone (1664-1721), 2nd Earl of Annandale and Hartfell, who was made 1st Marquess of Annandale in 1701; James Johnstone...

Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Johnson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Johnson In Ireland


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Johnson In Ireland



Some of the Johnson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Most of the Boernician-Scottish families who came to North America settled on the eastern seaboard of what would become the United States and Canada. Families who wanted a new order stayed south in the War of Independence, while those who were still loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, the ancestors of these families have gone on to rediscover their heritage through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Johnson or a variant listed above:

Johnson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Davy Johnson, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Choyce Johnson, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Edmond Johnson, aged 23, landed in New England in 1635
  • Eliz Johnson, aged 18, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Alice Johnson, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Johnson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Catherine Johnson, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Arthur Johnson, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Anne Johnson, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Adam Johnson, who landed in New England in 1738
  • Abraham Johnson, who landed in New England in 1760
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Johnson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bryan Johnson, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Archibald Johnson, aged 21, arrived in Maryland in 1813
  • Deborah Johnson, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • Michael Johnson, who was living in New York in 1818
  • Ellen Johnson, aged 40, landed in America in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Johnson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Christ Johnson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1905
  • Alfred Johnson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1914
  • Arnold Johnson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1917

Johnson Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Johnson, who sailed to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1666

Johnson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Johnson, who was living in Lower Island Cove, Newfoundland in 1768
  • Mr. John Johnson U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 465 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Jonas Johnson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. George Johnson U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Port Matoon Association [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Henry Johnson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Johnson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Johnson, who arrived in Quebec in 1825
  • Joseph Johnson, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833

Johnson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Johnson, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Johnson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Johnson, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Joseph Johnson, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Robert Johnson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Johnson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Johnson landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836 aboard the ship Success
  • William Johnson landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Thomas Johnson landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Dav Johnson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • Edward Johnson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Johnson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Johnson (post 1700)



  • President Andrew Johnson (1808-1875), 17th President of the United States (1865 to 1869), succeeding to the Presidency upon the assassination of Abraham Lincoln
  • Paul Herbert Johnson (1935-2016), American gold medalist ice hockey forward at the 1960 Winter Olympics
  • John Curley Johnson (1935-2016), American AFL and NFL football punter
  • Ed Lee Johnson (1945-2016), American former professional basketball player
  • Ralph C. Johnson (1953-2016), American politician and businessman, Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (2015-2016)
  • David Stifler Johnson (1945-2016), American computer scientist specializing in algorithms and optimization
  • John "Mr. J" Johnson (1917-2016), American athletic trainer for the New York Giants (1948-2008)
  • William Dean "Bill" Johnson (1960-2016), American World Cup gold medalist alpine ski racer at the 1984 Winter Olympics
  • John Howard Getty "J.J." Johnson (1947-2016), American NBA basketball player
  • George Clayton Johnson (1929-2015), American science fiction writer, best known for his Twilight Zone episodes, co-writing the novel Logan's Run which was made into a film and for the story on which the 1960 and 2001 films Ocean's Eleven were based
  • ... (Another 69 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Johnson Historic Events


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Johnson Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Ravon Leroy Johnson (b. 1957), American Staff Sergeant from Eaton, North Carolina, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Mr. Jerrin Andrea Johnson (b. 1964), American Private from Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. James Johnson, British Cook from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Harold Johnson, British Cook from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Johannah Catherine Johnson (1853-1914), née Jorgensen Swedish Third Class Passenger from Malmö, Sweden who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. James Johnson (1850-1914), Swedish Third Class Passenger from Malmö, Sweden who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Alida Johnson, Swedish Third Class Passenger from Gothenburg, Sweden who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • ... (Another 7 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Christina  Johnson (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Edward John  Johnson (1861-1917), Canadian Stock porter at ICR Yards Richmond from Bear Cove, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Eliza Jane  Johnson, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mr. Daniel  Johnson (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Reuben James  Johnson (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • ... (Another 11 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. William Johnson (1896-1914), Canadian Pumpman from Massachusetts, United States who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914
  • Mr. Karl Johnson (1881-1914), Swedish Miner from Rytterne, Vastmanlands, Sweden who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914
  • Mr. Fred Johnson (1892-1914), Canadian Miner from Nova Scotia, Canada who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Percy Albert Johnson (1919-1941), Australian Stoker 2nd Class from Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. William St C Johnson (b. 1910), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. William F Johnson (b. 1916), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Stanley F Johnson (b. 1918), English Leading Writer serving for the Royal Navy from Camberwell, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Ralph Johnson (b. 1918), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick Johnson (b. 1912), English Leading Cook serving for the Royal Navy from Southport, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Johnson, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Walter Johnson, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Robert Johnson, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Richard J Johnson, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Joseph Thomas Johnson, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. James B Johnson, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ernest Johnson (b. 1912), English Stoker 2ne Class from Sunderland, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Harry Johnson (b. 1918), English Stoker 1st Class from Wheelock Heath, Cheshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Beth Ann Johnson (1967-1988), American Student from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Timothy Baron Johnson (1967-1988), American Student from Neptune, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Mary Alice Lincoln Johnson (1963-1988), American Student from Wayland, Massachusetts, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Herbert K. Johnson, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Johnson, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Albert E. Johnson, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Master Harold Theodor Johnson, aged 4, American Third Class passenger from St. Charles, Illinois who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 15
  • Miss Eleanor Ileen Johnson, aged 1, American Third Class passenger from St. Charles, Illinois who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 15
  • Mr. Malkolm Joackim Johnson (d. 1912), aged 33, American Third Class passenger from Minneapolis, Minnesota who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. William Cahoone Johnson Jr. (d. 1912), aged 19, American Third Class passenger from Hawthorne, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred Johnson (d. 1912), aged 49, English Third Class passenger from Millwood who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Johnson


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Suggested Readings for the name Johnson



  • The Johnson Family by Ruby Wiedman.
  • Some Johnsons of Southern Maryland by Leona A. Cryer.
  • Those Handy Nordics by Ethel Marie Johnson Taylor.
  • The Descendants of William and John Johnson.

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nunquam non paratus
Motto Translation: Never unprepared


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
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The Johnson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Johnson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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