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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.


Nelson is a very popular first name for males (#251 out of 1220, Top 21%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#39 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Nelson for boys. Nelson reached its highest rank of #161 in the U.S. in 1890-1899. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Nelson and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Nelson (#642), Neil (#655), Nils, Niles and Nels. (2014 statistics).

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

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