What does Nels mean?
(male) Nele, Noells, ..
(female) Nele, Nelssi, ..
How popular is Nels?
Nels is an uncommon given name for men but a somewhat popular last name for both adults and children (#122534 out of 150436, Top 81%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name history of Nels for boys. Nels entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex position of #384 in the U.S. then, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the statistics of the boy name Nels and associated names. Cole (#116 in recent rankings), Neil (#655), Nelson (#642), Nicholas (#57), Nick (#1182), Niels, Niklas and Nils are the popular related forms of Nels rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Nik, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Nels reached its peak in 1995 (average #1063) and has become much less since (#1183, 67.3% less usage), with forms such as Nelson becoming less trendy.
Nels▼ is alike in pronunciation to Neils, Niles and Nyles. Other recommended names are Beals, Neal▼, Neale, Neall, Nebo, Ned▼, Neel, Neely, Neile, Neill, Nelsen, Nemo, Ner, Nev, Newsy, Niel, Nile, Noel▲, Noll and Wells. These names tend to be more frequently used than Nels.