Johnson is a patronymic name meaning "son of John (gift of God)." The name John derives from the Latin Johannes, which is derived from the Hebrew Yohanan meaning "Jehovah has favored." The suffix meaning "son," creates several different variations of the Johnson surname. Examples: English son, Norwegian sen, German sohn, and Swedish sson. Jones is the common Welsh version of this surname. The name Johnson is first recorded in records in Scotland dating to the 12th Century and 13th Century English records. The name is first recorded in The New World in 1635 when a family of the name is recorded as arriving in Barbados aboard the ship " The Alexander ". Today there are more than 1.9 million people with the last name Johnson living in The United States.