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The baby name Nelson was originally a surname in England. It became a popular option in the early twentieth century because of Horatio Nelson. This name continues to remain popular, especially now as it is on the top 700 list.

Meaning of the Name Nelson

The baby name Nelson originated as a surname in England. It represented families that began with a patriarch by the name of Neil. Nelson first became an option for boys in the nineteenth century. It gave honor to a British admiral named Horatio Nelson.

The baby name Nelson translates to “son of Neil.” It has the same meaning as the original surname. As mentioned, it represented families who had a patriarch named Neil.

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Nicknames for Nelson

Nelson is a formal and upper-class name for boys. It is mature and wholesome and deserves a unique nickname. There's a variety of options for a name like Nelson, but feel free to come up with a nickname that best suits their personality. Below, we've compiled a list of options to help you get started:

Nelson Name Details

Style: Traditional

Gender: Nelson is traditionally a boys name.

Pronunciation: NEHL-sun

Syllables: Two

Alternative Spelling for Nelson

  • Nellson
  • Nelleson
  • Nelsen
  • Nellsen
  • Nellesen
  • Nellsyn
  • Nelsyn
  • Nellesyn

Nelson Name Popularity

Nelson was a top 200 baby name in America until 1921. During that time, it ranked highest in 1900 at number 154. As of 2020, Nelson is still a top 700 option. More specifically, it is at rank 671 for boys.

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Great Middle Names for Nelson and Their Meanings

  • Archie (bold, genuine, brave)
  • Jude (praised)
  • Simon (to hear, to be heard)
  • Oscar (champion warrior, God spear)
  • Lucas (man from Lucania)
  • Dylan (son of the sea, born from the ocean)
  • Dominic (belonging to God, of the Master)
  • Louis (famous warrior)

Famous People Named Nelson

  • Nelson Mandela (president of South Africa)
  • Nelson Rockefeller (former vice president of the USA)
  • Nelson Piquet (racing driver)
  • Nelson Valdez (soccer player)
  • Nelson Algren (novelist)
  • Nelson Ascencio (comedian)
  • Nelson Bond (writer)
  • Nelson Dawson (artist)
  • Nelson Van Alden (character from “Boardwalk Empire”)
  • Nelson Biederman (character from “Let's Go to Prison”)
  • Nelson (character from “Flatliners”)
  • Nelson Minkler (character from “Even Stevens”)
  • Nelson Tibideaux (character from “The Cosby Show”)
  • Nelson Muntz (character from “The Simpsons”)
  • Nelson (character from “Full House”)
  • Nelson Rose (character from “SMILF”)
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