Gender: Male Meaning of Nelson: "son of Neil" Origin of Nelson: English Nelson's Popularity in 2019: #656

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.

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Rank in US: #656

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Nels, Niles, Neilson, Nelsen, Neillson, Nealson, Nils, Neils, Nilsson, Nilson


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I had a cat named Nelson.

Doris Idehen Says:


I love the name is my son name

Haids1987 Says:


I just think of the Simpsons. Ha, ha!

felicityf Says:


I think his is a beautiful name, and i like how it is associated with Nelson Mandela.

Christina507 Says:


I like this name. It sounds refreshing to me.