What does Nelson mean?
Nelson [nel-son] 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.
Associated with: hero.
(male) Nelon, Nezson, ..
(female) Nelsha, Nelsia, .. Middle name pairings:
Nelson Avian (N.A.), ..
How 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. Demographics)
Nelson reached its top position of #161 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is presently at #631. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Nelson (#631 from recent data) are Neil (#639 from recent data), Nels, Niles and Nils. Other variants, like Nealon, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Nelson was well-received during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.2%) and has become much reduced since, with forms like Neil becoming less fashionable.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Abelson, Aeson, Allson, Beldon, Belton, Benson▲, Celso, Colson, Deleon, Delmon, Delon, Delron, Delton, Delvon, Ellson, Elson, Felton, Gerson, Gilson, Hewson, Jenson, Keldon, Kelton, Kelvon, Meldon, Mellon, Melvon, Nevon, Newton▼, Person, Seldon, Weldon▼, Welton and Wilson▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nelson.