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The JOHNSON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,857,160 2 0.688 6,884
United States (1880 census) 385,322 2 0.771 7,706
Change since 1880 +1471838 0 -0.083 -822
Other Countries
Australia 33,435 7 0.205 2,045
United Kingdom 138,466 10 0.301 3,015
Top States for JOHNSON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 128,748 5 0.617 6,174
California 126,634 8 0.374 3,739
Florida 101,764 3 0.637 6,367
Illinois 84,964 2 0.684 6,841
Minnesota 81,467 1 1.656 16,560
Top States for JOHNSON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Minnesota 81,467 1 1.656 16,560
North Dakota 8,576 1 1.335 13,354
Washington DC 6,727 1 1.176 11,759
Mississippi 33,417 3 1.175 11,747
Alabama 49,215 3 1.107 11,067


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called JOHNSON live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called JOHNSON represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called JOHNSON in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a JOHNSON by picking someone at random in Minnesota than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of JOHNSON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the JOHNSON surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the JOHNSON surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of JOHNSON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 627,720 33.8
Mixed Race 33,800 1.82
White (Hispanic) 27,857 1.5
Native American/Alaskan 16,900 0.91
Asian/Pacific 7,800 0.42
White (Caucasian) 1,143,082 61.55

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the JOHNSON surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of JOHNSON in historical publications

JOHNSON. See John. The Johnsons of Ayscough-Fee, co. Lincoln, claim from the house of Fitz-John of Normandy. Guillim's Display of Herakby.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to JOHNSON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as JOHNSON.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for JOHNSON

The following words are slight variants of JOHNSON that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.