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What does Johnston mean?

Johnston Pronunciation of Johnston [john-ston] as a name for boys is an Old English name, and the meaning of the name Johnston is "son of John". Johnston is an alternate form of Johnson (Old English): used mostly in the 19th century.

Associated with: old english.


1 different relation via Johnson: Jonson.

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Middle name pairings:
Johnston Jayven (J.J.), ..

How popular is Johnston?

Johnston is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#207 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Johnson (#1954 from recent data) is the only popular alternative form of Johnston (outside Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of this form of Johnston was well-received during the years 1900-1909 (#481) and has become much diminished since, with Johnson becoming less fashionable. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Johnston and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Boston, Boynton, Branston, Cheston, Colston, Cranston, Dunston, Houston, Janson, Jansson, Jenson, Jensson, Jeston, Johnathan, Johnathon, Johnn, Johntay, Johnte, Johon, Jonathon, Monkton, Ronson, Rosston, Royston, Torston, Winston and Wynston. These names tend to be more commonly used than Johnston.

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