"son of Neil"

Nelson Origin and Meaning

The name Nelson is a boy's name of English origin meaning "son of Neil".

Nelson is a rather stiff and dated surname name that is sometimes used to honor distinguished South African activist Nelson Mandela, as Celine Dion did for one of her twin boys. Other notable associations are with the British Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, novelist Nelson Algren and movie operetta star Nelson Eddy. It was also the given name of "Rabbit" Angstrom, protagonist of John Updike's series of novels.

Nelson's highest popularity was in the 1930s and forties, when it was in the Top 200.

# 797 in the US

Nelson Rank in US Top 1000

# 2446 on Nameberry

Nelson Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Nelson Popularity

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Famous People Named Nelson

  • Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela1st President of South Africa
  • Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller41st Vice President of the United States
  • Nelson PiquetBrazilian racing driver
  • Nelson Angelo PiquetBrazilian racing driver
  • Nelson Wilmarch AldrichU.S. Senator from Rhode Island
  • Nelson Antonio Haedo ValdezParaguayan footballer
  • Nelson AlgrenAmerican novelist
  • Nelson AscencioAmerican actor/comedian
  • Nelson S. BondAmerican writer
  • Nelson DawsonEnglish artist
  • Nelson DeCastroAmerican comic book artist
  • Nelson Richard DeMilleAmerican author
  • Nelson Ackerman EddyAmerican singer
  • Nelson FreireBrazilian pianist
  • Nelson GeorgeAmerican writer/filmmaker
  • Nelson IllingworthAustralian sculptor
  • Nelson NedBrazilian singer
  • Nelson Doubleday Jr.American businessman
  • Nelson GoodmanAmerican philosopher
  • Nelson FranklinAmerican actor
  • Nelson Bunker HuntAmerican businessman
  • Nelson A. MilesAmerican soldier
  • Nelson PoynterAmerican newspaper publisher
  • Nelson Smock RiddleAmerican bandleader
  • Nelson RodriguesBrazilian playwright
  • Nelson BrilesAmerican baseball pitcher
  • Nelson CarmichaelAmerican skier
  • Nelson PeltzAmerican businessman and father of actress Nicola Peltz
  • Nelson Oduberprime minister of Aruba
  • Nelson DeweyAmerican politician
  • Baby Face Nelson (original name Lester Joseph Gillis)diminutive American gangster
  • Horatio Nelson (Lord Nelson)British admiral
  • Prince Rogers NelsonAmerican musician
  • Nelson Angelil (b. 2010)son of French Canadian singer Celine Dion
  • Nelson Cabral SemedoPortuguese professional footballer

Nelson in Pop Culture

  • Nelson Van Aldencharacter on TV's "Boardwalk Empire"
  • Nelson Biederman IVcharacter in film "Let's Go to Prison"
  • Nelsonfrom the movie "Flatliners"
  • Nelson Minklerfrom TV series "Even Stevens"
  • Nelson Tibideauxfrom TV series "The Cosby Show"
  • Nelson Muntzbully that says "Ha,ha!" in "The Simpsons"
  • NelsonDJ's wealthy boyfriend on Full House
  • Ferdinand "Foggy" Nelsoncharacter in Marvel's "Daredevil"
  • Nelson Rosefemale character on TV's "SMILF"
  • Nelsoncity in New Zealand

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