Johnston coat of arms / Johnston Family Crest

 Johnston Family Crest / Johnston Coat of Arms


Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the English Johnston family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Johnston family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?

Spelling variations of this family name include: Johnston, Johnstone, MacIain (Gaelic) and others.

First found in Dumfries where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Archibald Johnston settled in the Barbados with his two sons and servants in 1680; George Johnston settled in New England in 1685; Alexander, Arthur, Charles, Cunningham, David, Francis, George, Henry, John, Joseph, Nathan, Robert, Thomas, and William Johnston, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1865.

Motto Translated: Never unprepared.

Suggested Readings for the name Johnston

    * Ancestors and Descendants of James and Althea Johnston by Aaron Montgomery Johnston.
    * Eight Children of the Winged Spur by Helen Johnston.
Some noteworthy people of the name Johnston

    * Richard Malcolm Johnston (1822-1898), American author
    * Mary Johnston (1870-1936), American novelist, best remembered for ‘To Have and to Hold’ (1900)
    * Eric Johnston (1895-1963), American, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    * Tom Johnston (b. 1948), American musician, best known for his guitar work with the Doobie Brothers
    * George Henry Johnston (1912-1970), Australian author
    * William Johnston (b. 1915), tennis player
    * Sir Harry Johnston (1858-1927), British explorer
    * Private First Class William J Johnston, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944