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What does Johnson mean?

Johnson Pronunciation of Johnson [john-son] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Johnson is "son of John". Used mostly in the 19th century. Playwright Ben Jonson; track celebrity Michael Johnson; President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Associated with: old english, 19th century.


Johnson has 2 variants: Johnston and Jonson.

Creative forms:
(male) Sonson, ..

(female) Johnsi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Johnson Avery (J.A.), ..

How popular is Johnson?

Johnson is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1128 out of 1220, Top 92%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#2 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Johnson reached its top position of #481 in the U.S. in the 1900s, and is presently at #1954. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Johnson name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Johnson outside U.S.

Similar Names

Johnson is pronounced similarly to Jansen, Janson, Jansson, Jensen, Jenson and Jensson. Other recommended names are Alanson, Annson, Anson, Benson, Boynton, Branson, Bronnson, Bronson, Colson, Conlon, Coulson, Dodgson, Dotson, Dottson, Dowson, Hanson, Hobbson (see Hobson), Hobson, Hodgson, Jackson, Jacson, Jaison, Jakson, Jameson, Jamison, Jason, Jaxson, Jayson, Jimson, Johan, Johanan, Johann, John, Johnathon, Johnie, Johnn, Johnnie, Johnny, Johntay, Johnte, Johon, Jolyon, Jonn, Jordon, Joron, Jovon, Judson, London, Robeson, Robinson, Robson, Robynson, Ronson, Sanson, Swenson, Tanson, Vinson and Woodson. These names tend to be less frequently used than Johnson.

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