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Nelson family

There are 252,671 people with the Nelson surname on MyHeritage.com
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Where do people with the Nelson surname come from:
USA
 (79%)
Great Britain
 (10%)
Canada
 (5%)
Australia
 (1%)
New Zealand
 (0.6%)
Ireland
 (0.5%)
Sweden
 (0.2%)
France
 (0.2%)
Germany
 (0.2%)
Jamaica
 (0.1%)
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The meaning of the name Nelson:
  1. English and Scottish: patronymic from the medieval personal name Nel or Neal, Anglo-Scandinavian forms of the Gaelic name Niall (see Neill). This was adopted by the Scandinavians in the form Njal and was introduced into northern England and East Anglia by them, rather than being taken directly from Gaelic.
  2. Americanized spelling of the like-sounding Scandinavian names Nilsen, Nielsen, and Nilsson.
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, Mar 2003
Most popular first names with surname Nelson:
Andrew Nelson   Arthur Nelson   Charles Nelson   Clara Nelson   David Nelson   Elizabeth Nelson   James Nelson   John Nelson   Margaret Nelson   Mary Nelson   Peter Nelson   Robert Nelson   Sarah Nelson   Thomas Nelson   William Nelson  
Family sites on MyHeritage with the last name Nelson:
Joseph Nelson Darty Web Site, 70 members
Nelson Web Site, 53 members
Nelson/Morrow Web Site, 30 members
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