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What does Nels mean?

Nels Pronunciation of Nels [nels] as a boys' name is of Scandinavian origin. Variant of Nicholas (Greek) "victorious people".

Affiliated boy names: Neil and Nelson.

Associated with: scandinavian, greek, victorious.


12 relations via Nicholas: Colas, Cole, Nic, Nick, Niels, Nik, Niki, Niklas, Niklos, Nikos, Nilos and Nils.

Creative forms:
(male) Nele, Noells, ..

(female) Nele, Nelssi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nels Emmett (N.E.), ..

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)

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. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nels name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nels outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Cole (#115 in recent rankings), Neil (#639), Nelson (#631), Nicholas (#62), Nick (#1206), 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, 68.5% less usage), with forms such as Nelson becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nels, Cole, Neil, Nelson, Nicholas in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nick, Niels, Niklas, Nils in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cole, Neil, Nicholas, Niklas, Nils outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.