English patronymic name meaning "son of John (gift of God)." JONES is the common Welsh version of this surname.

Surname Origin:


Alternate Surname Spellings:

Johnson, Jonson, Jonsen, Johanson, Johnstone

What does the name mean?

Last Name: Johnston
  • 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-.


  Great great great grandfather

Married Elizabeth HOLLIS.

Mary Ann.

  Great great grandmother

Born 1855, Armidale, NSW.

Parents James JOHNSTON and Elizabeth HOLLIS.

Married William BROWNING, 1879, NSW, Australia.