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Nelson Family History

Nelson Name Meaning
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.Americanized spelling of the like-sounding Scandinavian names Nilsen, Nielsen, and Nilsson.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Nelson Families

  • Number of Nelson families
     3,822 - 7,641
     1,275 - 3,821
     1 - 1,274
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Nelson families
     1,538 - 3,073
     513 - 1,537
     1 - 512
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Nelson families
     584 - 1,166
     195 - 583
     1 - 194
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Nelson Family Origin

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Nelson Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Nelson

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Nelson Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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