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Nels meaning and name origin
Nels \n(e)-ls\ as a boy's name is of Scandinavian origin. Variant of Nicholas (Greek) "victorius people".
For more information, see also related names Neil and Nelson.
Nels is also pronounced similarly to Neils, Niels, Niles, Nils and Nyles. Another suggested similar baby name is Nilos.
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Popularity of Nels
Nels is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
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