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Nelson

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Neil or Nell
  • #757 All Time
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How popular is the name "Nelson" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 99 0 99
1881 90 0 90
1882 104 0 104
1883 79 0 79
1884 89 0 89
1885 83 0 83
1886 78 0 78
1887 62 0 62
1888 85 0 85
1889 80 0 80
1890 71 0 71
1891 86 0 86
1892 98 0 98
1893 72 0 72
1894 76 0 76
1895 108 0 108
1896 86 0 86
1897 104 0 104
1898 112 0 112
1899 107 0 107
1900 135 0 135
1901 97 0 97
1902 78 0 78
1903 93 0 93
1904 81 0 81
1905 126 0 126
1906 100 0 100
1907 129 0 129
1908 112 0 112
1909 113 0 113
1910 142 0 142
1911 180 0 180
1912 349 0 349
1913 362 5 357
1914 527 0 527
1915 611 5 606
1916 619 0 619
1917 610 5 605
1918 670 6 664
1919 682 0 682
1920 745 5 740
1921 712 8 704
1922 667 7 660
1923 703 0 703
1924 763 9 754
1925 738 0 738
1926 691 5 686
1927 685 13 672
1928 680 0 680
1929 596 6 590
1930 637 7 630
1931 614 6 608
1932 634 6 628
1933 578 6 572
1934 575 7 568
1935 585 6 579
1936 644 13 631
1937 660 0 660
1938 795 0 795
1939 802 0 802
1940 807 0 807
1941 797 5 792
1942 878 8 870
1943 800 6 794
1944 720 7 713
1945 696 0 696
1946 741 0 741
1947 813 0 813
1948 814 0 814
1949 788 5 783
1950 805 0 805
1951 803 0 803
1952 830 0 830
1953 1,010 0 1,010
1954 945 5 940
1955 913 0 913
1956 921 5 916
1957 949 7 942
1958 953 6 947
1959 1,083 0 1,083
1960 1,020 5 1,015
1961 952 0 952
1962 938 7 931
1963 979 0 979
1964 825 0 825
1965 823 5 818
1966 730 7 723
1967 796 7 789
1968 772 8 764
1969 770 5 765
1970 767 12 755
1971 782 8 774
1972 634 12 622
1973 587 7 580
1974 688 12 676
1975 690 0 690
1976 740 7 733
1977 679 11 668
1978 685 5 680
1979 678 6 672
1980 693 6 687
1981 644 6 638
1982 662 6 656
1983 629 0 629
1984 661 9 652
1985 706 0 706
1986 722 9 713
1987 715 5 710
1988 765 9 756
1989 865 8 857
1990 936 5 931
1991 807 0 807
1992 809 8 801
1993 767 6 761
1994 727 8 719
1995 687 6 681
1996 621 0 621
1997 618 0 618
1998 614 0 614
1999 604 5 599
2000 599 0 599
2001 615 0 615
2002 618 0 618
2003 611 0 611
2004 577 6 571
2005 593 0 593
2006 604 0 604
2007 579 0 579
2008 550 0 550
2009 515 0 515
2010 442 0 442
2011 454 0 454
2012 464 0 464
2013 440 0 440
2014 407 0 407

Want to know about the populiarty of Nelson? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 76,010 babies born with the name Nelson in the United States. That's more than enough Nelsons to occupy the country of Dominica with an estimated population of 71,293 (as of May 14, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 99 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Nelson" was in 1959 with a total of 1,083 babies. (That's a lot of baby Nelsons)

According to the 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Nelson" ranks #89 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 23 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 1959. Across the entire United States a total of 1,083 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Nelson popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Nelson" mean? The list below shows the origins of Nelson as well as things modernly associated with the name Nelson such as celebrities named Nelson.

English

Origin and Meaning of Nelson

The name "Nelson" is of English origin, and it means "Son of Neil or Nell". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is a {{plain list, , activist, and politician. Nelson was born in 1918 as Rolihlahla Mandela in Mvezo, Cape Province, South Africa.

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Alex Ross

Alex Ross is a comics creator. Alex was born in 1970 as Nelson Alexander Ross.

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Nelson Piquet

Nelson Piquet is a f1 driver. Nelson was born in 1952 as Nelson Piquet Souto Maior in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Nelson Valdez

Nelson Valdez is a football biography. Nelson was born in 1983 in Caaguazu, Paraguay.

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Nelson Frazier Jr.

Nelson Frazier Jr. is a professional wrestler. Nelson was born in 1968 as Nelson Frazier Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.

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Nelson Eddy

Nelson Eddy is a baritone and film star. Nelson was born in 1901 as Nelson Ackerman Eddy in Providence Rhode Island, U.S.

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Alternative Meanings

N is for noble, your regal bearing.

E is for exotic, no lack of spirit here!

L is for lofty, your ambitions are high!

S is for superb, a great attitude about life.

O is for ornate, nothing plain here!

N is for neatness, your orderly way.

Your name in reverse order is "Noslen". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Nsolen". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Nelson born May 25, 1969

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern Japan approximately on 1700. Your profession was shepherd, horseman, and forester.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to learn to understand other people and to meet all life difficulties with joyful heart. You should help others, bringing them spirit of joy.

Name poster for Nelson

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