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Gender: Male Meaning of Nelson: "son of Neil" Origin of Nelson: English Nelson's Popularity in 2017: #633

The name Nelson is a boy's name of English origin meaning "son of Neil". Nelson is ranked #633 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Geek Chic Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Nelson

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 1st President of South Africa
Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, 41st Vice President of the United States
Nelson Piquet, Brazilian racing driver
Nelson Angelo Piquet, Brazilian racing driver
Nelson Wilmarch Aldrich, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island
Nelson Antonio Haedo Valdez, Paraguayan footballer
Nelson Algren, American novelist
Nelson Ascencio, American actor/comedian
Nelson S. Bond, American writer
Nelson Dawson, English artist
Nelson DeCastro, American comic book artist
Nelson Richard DeMille, American author
Nelson Ackerman Eddy, American singer
Nelson Freire, Brazilian pianist
Nelson George, American writer/filmmaker
Nelson Illingworth, Australian sculptor
Nelson Ned, Brazilian singer
Nelson Doubleday Jr., American businessman
Nelson Goodman, American philosopher
Nelson Franklin, American actor
Nelson Bunker Hunt, American businessman
Nelson A. Miles, American soldier
Nelson Poynter, American newspaper publisher
Nelson Smock Riddle, American bandleader
Nelson Rodrigues, Brazilian playwright
Nelson Briles, American baseball pitcher
Nelson Carmichael, American skier
Nelson Peltz, American businessman and father of actress Nicola Peltz
Nelson Oduber, prime minister of Aruba
Nelson Dewey, American politician
Baby Face Nelson (original name Lester Joseph Gillis), diminutive American gangster
Horatio Nelson (Lord Nelson), British admiral
Prince Rogers Nelson, American musician
Nelson Angelil (b. 2010), son of French Canadian singer Celine Dion
Nelson Cabral Semedo, Portuguese professional footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Nelson

Nelson Van Alden, character on TV's "Boardwalk Empire"
Nelson Biederman IV, character in film "Let's Go to Prison"
Nelson, from the movie "Flatliners"
Nelson Minkler, from TV series "Even Stevens"
Nelson Tibideaux, from TV series "The Cosby Show"
Nelson Muntz, bully that says "Ha-ha!" in "The Simpsons"
Nelson, DJ's wealthy boyfriend on Full House
Ferdinand "Foggy" Nelson, character in Marvel's "Daredevil"
Nelson Rose, female character on TV's "SMILF"
Nelson, city in New Zealand

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


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.