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Nels Olsen is the name of the storekeeper on the T.V. show "Little House on the Prairie."
-- breakofday  12/16/2005
I believe Nels Olsen was an actual storekeeper. He's mentioned in a biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder.
-- welovejamesarness  5/23/2008
My great-grandpa was named Nels. He was from Sweden. I like the name. It sounds like a traditional Swedish name.
-- gretaelisif  11/13/2007
I've never seen this in Sweden. I would guess it was used among early Swedish settlers in America.
According to statistics there are only 26 Nels in Sweden, so I don't think this should be considered a Swedish name at all.
-- Caprice  9/15/2015
It's our family name. My grandfather came from Holland in the early 1900's. I always thought that it was a dutch name. My mother just told me that our ancestors in Holland came from Sweden. Don't think I like that. I've always thought that I was all Dutch. All the other grandparents came from Holland around 1900.
-- MarkNels  12/19/2015

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