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Johnson is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Johnson is a name that comes from the given name John and the name literally means "son of John." The given name John is derived from the Hebrew name Johanan, which means Jehovah has favored. The name was extremely popular in the Middle Ages as a result of the numerous connections between the name John and the Christian Church.

Johnson Early Origins



The surname Johnson was first found in Lincolnshire, where many of the ancient and leading houses of the family name claim descent originally from the house of FitzJohn in Normandy, particularly that of one of the leading branches and oldest, the Johnsons of Ayscough-Fee. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list many of the name: Willelmus Joneson; Willelmus Johnson, 1379; Robertus Johanson; Juliana Jonesson; Ricardus Joneson; and Robertas Jonson. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Johnson Spelling Variations


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Johnson Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Johnson, Joneson, Jonson, Joynson and others.

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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 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1375, 1503, 1572, 1637, 1629, 1675, 1644, 1713, 1680, 1689, 1659, 1719, 1689, 1719, 1688, 1775, 1682, 1735, 1717 and 1719 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)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Benjamin Jonson (1572-1637), an English playwright, poet, actor, and literary critic; Daniel Johnson (1629-1675), an English buccaneer born in Bristol, who sailed against the Spanish during the late 17th century becoming known among the Spanish as "Johnson the Terror"; Sir Nathaniel Johnson (1644-1713)...

Another 78 words (6 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 139 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Johnson or a variant listed above were:

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 [3]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 [3]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 [3]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 [3]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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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. 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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