Johnstone (surname)

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Johnstone is a surname. It is a variant of the similar surname Johnston which in most cases is a habitational surname derived from several places in Scotland.[1][2]


  1. The habitational surname Johnstone / Johnston is in most cases derived from the name of Johnstone located in Annandale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. This surname is derived from the genitive case of the given name John and tone or toun ("settlement" in Middle English; tun in Old English), literally meaning "John's town". There are several similar place names in Scotland, including the city of Perth, which was once known as St. John's Toun. This and other similarly named locations may also be sources for the habitational surnames Johnstone / Johnston.[2]

List of persons with the surname[edit]

17th century[edit]

18th century[edit]

19th century[edit]

20th century[edit]

Scottish clan[edit]

  • Clan Johnstone, a Scottish clan, whose chief has the noble title Earl of Annandale and Hartfell

People with a variant form of the surname[edit]

Fictional people with the surname[edit]

  • Paul Johstone, alter-ego of the anti-hero Shadowhawk

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Johnstone Name Meaning and History". Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Johnston Name Meaning and History". Retrieved 11 May 2009.