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Nelson meaning and name origin
Nelson \n(e)-lson, nel-son\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Nealson, Neils, Neilson, Neillson, Nels, Nelsen, Niles, Nils, Nilson and Nilsson.
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Popularity of Nelson
Nelson is a very popular first name for men (#251 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#39 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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