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Neilson Name Meaning

English and Scottish: variant of Nielson 1 or an Anglicized form of McNeil . English: variant of Nelson . Americanized form of Swedish Nilsson or Danish Norwegian and North German Nielsen (compare Neilsen ) or Nilsen . Compare also Nelson and Nielson .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Nelson, Nilson, Kelson, Newlon, Eidson, Wilson, Nilsson, Neils

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Where is the Neilson family from?

You can see how Neilson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Neilson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Neilson families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1840 there were 10 Neilson families living in Maryland. This was about 29% of all the recorded Neilson's in USA. Maryland had the highest population of Neilson families in 1840.
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What did your Neilson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Neilson. 13% of Neilson men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Neilson women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Neilson were Carpenter and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 122,000 census records available for the last name Neilson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Neilson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 46,000 immigration records available for the last name Neilson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Neilson. For the veterans among your Neilson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Neilson lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Neilson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Neilson in 1948 was 31, and 77 in 2004.

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