Johnston, Johnstone A Scottish surname derived from a place name Johnstone in Dumfries. An English surname derived from a place name Johnson Hall in Staffordshire or meaning ‘son of John’. In 1890 Johnston was the thirty-third most numerous surname, the estimated number of bearers was 15,200 and was principally found in Antrim, Down, Fermanagh, Armagh and Dublin and Johnstone was principally found in Cavan and Derry. In the United States Johnston is the 214th most numerous surname with an estimated 134,750 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 214th most numerous surname. In Scotland in 1995 Johnston was the 28th most numerous surname, and Johnstone was the 64th most numerous surname.
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