Meaning and name origin
Nels is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Nels for boys. Nels reached its highest rank of #383 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Nels and related names. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Nicholas (#57), Nelson (#642), Neil (#655) and Nels. (2014 statistics).