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pinWhat does Nelson mean?

Nelson /nel-son/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced NEL-sun. Variant of Neil. Historical: Admiral Lord Nelson, the English naval hero of Trafalgar. Actor Nelson Eddy; New York Governor and American Vice President Nelson Rockefeller; South African activist Nelson Mandela.


Nelson has 10 variants: Nealson, Neillson, Neils, Neilson, Nels, Nelsen, Niles, Nils, Nilson and Nilsson.

Nelson has 15 more different relations via Neil: Neal, Neale, Neall, Nealle, Nealon, Neel, Neilan, Neile, Neill, Neille, Nial, Niall, Niel, Nile and Oneal.

Kreatif forms: Nelsonna, Nelsonnaa, Nelsonno. [more]

pinHow popular is Nelson?

Nelson is a very prominent first name for men (#251 out of 1220, Top 21%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#40 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Nelson for boys. Nelson reached its top position of #161 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is presently at #642. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nelson name in U.S.

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

Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Nelson and associated names. Prominent variation forms of Nelson (#642 last year) are Neal, Neil (#655 last year), Nels, Niall, Niles, Nils and Oneal. Variants like Neile are seldom used. Adoption of these boy names reached its most widespread during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.3634%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.0879%, down 75.8%), with the forms Neal, Neil, Nels and Nelson becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nelson, Neal, Neil, Nels, Niles in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nils, Oneal in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Neil, Niall, Nils outside U.S.