Originally a French feminine diminutive form of Jacques, the French version of James. In the 1960s it became very popular in the United States and elsewhere, influenced in part by the fame and stylish image of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (1929–94), whose family was of French extraction.
English and Scottish: patronymic from the personal name John. As an American family name, Johnson has absorbed patronymics and many other derivatives of this name in continental European languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988.)