Johnston Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Johnston Family History

If you are conducting some Johnston family history research then you can view the Johnston coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Johnston surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Johnston in Ireland is among the forty most frequently found in the country. It is used interchangeably with both Johnson and Johnstone and the majority of descendants are of English or Scotttish stock as the name was imported in large numbers by settlers especially into Ulster. Some members of the Gaelic Sept MacSeain adopted Johnston and Johnson as the anglicized form of their name.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Johnston Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
The Saltire/St. Andrew's Cross signifies the symbol of Resolution