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In 2018, 51 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Nelson who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 755th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2018
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The musician Prince's full name is Prince Rogers Nelson.
Whipsmart  12/27/2015
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Nice to have a name ringing clear as a bell!
Nelson Paulose  10/10/2015
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Nelson Freire is a Brazilian pianist.
Kosta  6/12/2015
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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
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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
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This name has the potential to spike in popularity considering Nelson Mandela has recently passed away.
Icycoldhot  12/8/2013
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Nelson Algren (1909-1981) was an American writer.
SeaHorse15  8/20/2011
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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
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Whenever I hear this name, I can hear Nelson Muntz laughing "Ha ha!"
bananarama  9/19/2008
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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
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Nelson Muntz is a bully on the Simpsons.
flipflops5  3/3/2007
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A famous bearer is former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller.
― Anonymous User  1/24/2007
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Nelson is a pretty good name for a boy, not heard of very often.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2006
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Mike Nelson from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
― Anonymous User  7/4/2006
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Awesome band: Hawk Nelson, awesome band and awesome name!
StevieGrl  6/21/2006
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A famous bearer is Nelson Mandela.
marissa_2005  3/19/2006
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Kiefer Sutherland played a character named Nelson in the film Flatliners.
― Anonymous User  1/4/2006
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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
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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

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