| Background: The name Johnson was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the given name John and the name literally means "son of John." The given name John is derived from the Hebrew name Johanan, which means "Jehovah has favored." The name was extremely popular in the Middle Ages as a result of the numerous connections between the name John and the Christian Church. Early records of the name Johnson in the chronicles of England show that the ancestors of the bearers of this name were of the Norman race. The name appears in England from about 1066 A.D., and its history is interwoven within the majestic tapestry which contains the history of Britain.
Variations: Johnson, Joneson, Jonson, Joynson, Johnston
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