Names and first names
Origin of the name JOHNSON
Origin & Meanings
- A dealer in pigs. A man by the name of Johnson, in Staffordshire, England, who followed this occupation, was generally called Pigman, and he willingly recognized this cognomen.
- Local. Derived from Brockles, a small town of that name in England, and by, near to; a village. Dutch, Brock, a marsh; also, broken land. In a party in which the celebrated Porson was a guest, there was also a physician by this name, Dr. Brocklesby, a descendant of the eminent man who attended Dr. Johnson in his last illness. In addressing Dr. Brocklesby, Porson called him Dr. Rock Yes, Dr. Rock no, Dr. Rock, etc. a name rendered almost infamous by Hogarth, in his picture of the March of the Guards. At length, Dr. Brocklesby became offended, and said, Mr. Porson, my name is not Rock, it is Brocklesby, pronouncing the syllables distinctly, Brock-les-by. Well, said Porson, if Brock-les-b is not Rock, then I know nothing of Algebra.
- The son of Hans or John, same as Johnson. Bailey derives it from Han, the diminutive of Randall, the son of Randall.
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