The surname Johnson is considered to be a patronymic surname which simply means the son of John or also can be considered to mean gift from God. It is an English surname which has its roots in Latin from whence the name John is derived from. The Latin name of John is Johannes which is derived from Hebrew; Yohanan.
There are also a number of variations of Johnson which includes that of Jonson, Johnston, Jonsen, Johnstone, Johanson as well as Johnsson and a few others. Together with the variation of Johnston and Johnstone, the surname was considered to be one of the top ten most common surnames seen in a number of countries; especially that of Scotland.
Due to the commonness of the surname, there have been many famous people who have shared the name even without any real relationship between them. There were two different U.S. Presidents named Johnson; the 17th Andrew Johnson as well as the 36th, Lyndon B. Johnson. The popular African American actress, Whoopie Goldberg’s real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson The lead singer to the American rock band, AC/DC is named Brian Johnson and both George and Louis made up the band, the Brothers Johnson. Both Daniel Johnson Senior as well as Junior were the Premiers of Quebec, the father from 1966 until 1968 and the son in 1994. Don Johnson was shared between a famous television and movie star, as baseball pitcher in the Major Leagues as well as second basemen in the same Major League Baseball organisation. The name Gordon Johnson was also shared with a British Historian as well as an American musician. There were several Johnsons over the years who have been Olympic Athletes as well as medal winners and several more were famous English soccer and American football players.
Around the world you will even find a number of places named Johnson that includes an electoral district in Canada; Quebec. In the United States you have the cities of Johnson in Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and even Vermont. You will find the Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Johnson State College is located in Johnson, Vermont and the Johnson Senior High School can be found in St. Paul, Minnesota. Furthermore, a Securities and Exchange Commission law in the U.S. is known as the Johnson Act, the Johnson & Johnson Company as well as its many family companies is known throughout the world and the Johnson Outboards are worldwide motorboat manufacturers.
There are literally millions upon millions of Johnsons around the world. However, because the name is so common, trying to find some for of family lineage to a particular Johnson in history may prove to be in vain. Because of the commonness of the name, this can make doing virtually any type of family lineage impossible because it would be completely possible for more than one person unrelated to another being on the same ship immigrating to the States who used the same name upon entry.
Original Authors: Nick
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 11/03/2009