Nelson Name Meaning & Origin

Nelson

Pronunciation: NEHL-sən (key)

Origin of the name Nelson:

Transferred use of the surname arising as a patronymic and a metronymic meaning 'son of Neil" and "son of Nell."

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Personal experiences with the name Nelson

This is my surname, and should I ever have a son, he will have Nelson in his name somewhere.
*Update* I did have a son, and it is his middle name. Even though I no longer bear the name Nelson, I love that he does.

My husband's name is Nelson Arthur. It is such a noble sounding name to me.

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Famous real-life people named Nelson

Nelson Mandela, South African leader
Admiral Horatio Nelson, British naval hero
Rick Nelson, musician
Nelson Eddy, American singer and actor
Nelson Angelil (b. 2010), son of Canadian singer Celine Dion

Nelson in song, story & screen

Nelson Muntz, bully on "The Simpsons".
Nelson, grandson in the comic strip "Pickles".

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