Johnston Family History

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Johnston Name Meaning

habitational name, deriving in most cases from the place so called in Annandale, in Dumfriesshire. This is derived from the genitive case of the personal name John + Middle English tone, toun ‘settlement’ (Old English tun). There are other places in Scotland so called, including the city of Perth, which used to be known as St. John’s Toun, and some of these may also be sources of the surname. variant of Johnson (see John), with intrusive -t-.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Johnson, Whiston, Rolston, Swanston, Winston, Colston, Woolston

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Johnston Family Origin

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Johnston Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Johnston. 34% of Johnston men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Johnston women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Johnston were Farmers Son and Income

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Income

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Johnston Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 261,000 immigration records available for the last name Johnston. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 217,000 military records available for the last name Johnston. For the veterans among your Johnston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Johnston Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Johnston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Johnston in 1940 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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