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What does Nelson mean?

Nelson Pronunciation of 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.


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

2 more different relations via Neil: Nealon and Neilan.

Creative forms:
(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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nelson name in U.S.

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

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nelson, Neil, Nels, Niles, Nils in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended 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.