What does Nels mean?
Nels /nels/ [1 syll.] as a boys' name is of Scandinavian origin. Variant of Nicholas (Greek) "victorious people".
Nels▼ has 36 relations via Nicholas: Claas, Claes, Claus, Colas, Cole▲, Colet, Colin▲, Klaas, Klaes, Klaus, Nic, Nichols, Nick▼, Nicklas, Nicky▼, Nicol, Nicola, Nicolas▲, Nicoli, Nicolis, Nicoll, Nicolls, Nicolo, Niels, Nik, Niki, Nikki, Nikky, Niklaas, Niklas, Niklos, Nikolas▲, Nikolos, Nikos, Nilos and Nils.Kreatif forms: Nelsnu, Nelssio, Nunels. [more]
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 popularity of Nels for boys. Nels entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex position of #383 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 popularity of the boy name Nels and associated names. Cole (#116 in 2014), Colin (#140), Neil (#655), Nelson (#642), Nicholas (#57), Nick, Nicky, Nicola, Nicolas (#196), Niklas, Nikolas (#563) and Nils are the popular related forms of Nels rated in the Top 1000. Forms like Colas are uncommon. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak in 1990 (usage of 0.442%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3562%, 19.4% less), with the forms Neil, Nels, Nelson, Nick and Nicky becoming somewhat dated. Cole (#116), Colin (#140), Nicolas (#196) and Nikolas (#563) are four of the more fashionable birth names in this compilation, and there is a resurgence in birth name popularity for Colin. (2014 Birth Statistics)