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Definitions for Johnston
ˈdʒɒn stən, -sənjohn·ston

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Johnston, J. E. Johnston, Joseph Eggleston Johnstonnoun

    Confederate general in the American Civil War; led the Confederate troops in the West (1807-1891)


  1. Johnstonnoun

    A Scottish habitational surname from a place in Dumfriesshire, meaning "John's town".

  2. Johnstonnoun

    An English surname, variant of Johnson.


  1. johnston

    Johnston can have several meanings based on the context. It is commonly used as a surname, primarily in Scotland and Ireland, which is derived from "John's town" in reference to a location associated with a person named John. It can also refer to several geographical locations, like cities or towns, in different parts of the world, typically named after a person with the surname Johnston. Additionally, Johnston is the name of an island in the Pacific Ocean controlled by the U.S. named Johnston Atoll.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Johnston is ranked #225 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Johnston surname appeared 131,373 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 45 would have the surname Johnston.

    91.6% or 120,364 total occurrences were White.
    2.6% or 3,442 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 3,166 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 2,417 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 1,090 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 893 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Johnston in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Johnston in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Johnston in a Sentence

  1. Ken Olson:

    The worst dioxin-contaminated site in Vietnam is Bien Hoa airbase, which is 30 miles north of Ho Chi Minh City, after President Nixon ordered the U.S. military to stop spraying Agent Orange in 1970, this is the site where all the Agent Orange barrels remaining in Vietnam were collected. The barrels were processed and shipped to Johnston Island in the Pacific Ocean, where they were incinerated at sea in 1977.

  2. Carole Scofield:

    Carole Scofield told the news station Carole Scofield thinks this is the second time this same bear has broken into their home looking for food. The first time it broke down their front door. In total, the couple said they have had trouble with bears on six different occasions during the 20 years they’ve lived in South Lake Tahoe. Lesa Johnston, with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, told KOLO8 that bears normally rummage through trash cans in search of food, but they're also known to look elsewhere. At some point in the bears' life, they gain some type of food reward by breaking in a cabin or a home, so they remember that, so the behavior is likely to be repeated, Lesa Johnston said. We are very lucky, both major break-ins, we were very lucky. I know a lot of people have not been. It has been very, very costly.

  3. Bob Dylan:

    All I know is that I was out recording one day, and Tom had always been there -- I had no reason to think he wasn't going to be there -- and I looked up one day and Bob Johnston was there.

  4. Johnston Press:

    A significant number of employees are expected to move across to Johnston Press ....

  5. Timothy Hutton:

    For the past two-and-a-half years, I have been the target of multiple extortion attempts by a woman named Sera Dale Johnston to extract millions of dollars from me. She threatened that if I did not meet her demands, she would go to the press with a false allegation that I sexually assaulted her 37 years ago in Canada. I never assaulted Ms. Johnston.

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