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 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).
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).