Johnson Family Crest
Meaning of the colors on the Johnson family crest
Azure (blue) - represents the family's truthfulness and loyalty.
Argent (silver) - signifies sincerity and peace.
Or (Gold) - symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.
Meaning of the symbols on the Johnson family crest
The Arrow - represents the family's readiness for battle and affliction when threatened.
The Griffin - represents bravery and the death-defying nature of ancient family members
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Origins of the Johnson family name
The Johnson family name is English in its origin and comes originally from the given name of John.
The name John in turn was derived from the Latin name 'Johannes', which came from the Greek name Ioannes. The name John was popular among Christians in the Middle Ages, and so ultimately, the Johnson family name was derived from it.
The Johnson family name has been in wider existence since the Medieval period. It is a patronymic name, which means that it is derived from the given name of the father, i.e 'John's son'.
The Johnson family name is associated with the English county of Yorkshire. The first recorded instance of the name Johnson was in the 12th century, when one William Johnson was recorded as living in Yorkshire.
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Summary of the Johnson family and the Johnson family crest
- The name John originally was derived from the Hebrew name Yohanan, meaning "Yahweh is gracious."
- The name Johnson is derived from the given name John and the Anglo-Norman suffix -son, meaning "son of John."
- The first recorded use of the name Johnson was in 1273.
- Johnson is a habitational name, derived from various place names in England and Scotland.
- In England, fellow Johnson family members can primarily be found in the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
- In Scotland, the name Johnson is today primarily found in the counties of Lanarkshire and Edinburgh.
- The first recorded migration and use of the name Johnson in Ireland was in the 16th century where the name remains popular today.
- Johnson is the second most common surname in the United States, followed by Smith.
- It is also common in Canada, and Australia
Notable people with the surname Johnson include:
Andrew Johnson (1767-1845), the 17th President of the United States; Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973), the 36th President of the United States; Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), an English author and lexicographer; and Sir John Johnson (1742-1830), a Loyalist leader during the American Revolution.
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