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Nelson comes from the name Nielsen which means son of Niel. It was a Scandinavian tradition that one's last name be your father's name with sen (sen means son) on the end. When immigrants came to American, the i was dropped and the second e was changed to an o to Americanize the name.
mofonelsen  4/9/2005
Well, not quite accurate for all Scandinavian languages. In Swedish -son names are spelled with an 'o', son is the same word in Swedish. Usually Swedish son-names are spelled with two s's though, which they aren't in English. Andersson = Anders' son.
― Anonymous User  1/4/2006
Kiefer Sutherland played a character named Nelson in the film Flatliners.
― Anonymous User  1/4/2006
A famous bearer is Nelson Mandela.
marissa_2005  3/19/2006
Awesome band: Hawk Nelson, awesome band and awesome name!
StevieGrl  6/21/2006
Mike Nelson from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
― Anonymous User  7/4/2006
Nelson is a pretty good name for a boy, not heard of very often.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2006
A famous bearer is former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller.
― Anonymous User  1/24/2007
Nelson Muntz is a bully on the Simpsons.
flipflops5  3/3/2007
Nelson Mandela comes to mind, but the name also makes me think of the bully on the Simpsons. I'm sure many people would be tempted to throw in a ''ha ha'' when hearing this is someone's name. I don't really like this as a first name, and it doesn't sound very pleasant.
slight night shiver  5/1/2008
Whenever I hear this name, I can hear Nelson Muntz laughing "Ha ha!"
bananarama  9/19/2008
A famous bearer is American actor Nelsan Ellis. He's well-known for playing Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO series "True Blood".
AndrewJKD  7/2/2010
Nelson Algren (1909-1981) was an American writer.
SeaHorse15  8/20/2011
This name has the potential to spike in popularity considering Nelson Mandela has recently passed away.
Icycoldhot  12/8/2013
This name is also used in Portugal and Brazil, in which it can also be written as Nélson.

In Portugal, Nelson is on the low end of the top 100 at the moment. In 2011 & 2012, it was in 78th and 79th place (52 & 51 boys) respectively before dropping to 94th place (33 boys) in 2013. It did bounce back up just a little bit in 2014 when it was in 87th place (38 boys).

As Nélson, it was only given to 3 boys in Portugal in 2014.
m4yb3_daijirou  2/21/2015
Nelson Freire is a Brazilian pianist.
Kosta  6/12/2015
According to howmanyofme. Com, there are 149 people in the U.S. named Nelson Nelson! There are a surprising number of people with the same first and last names.
Kosta  6/12/2015
Nice to have a name ringing clear as a bell!
Nelson Paulose  10/10/2015
The musician Prince's full name is Prince Rogers Nelson.
Whipsmart  12/27/2015

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