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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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Nelson Family Origin

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Nelson Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    42%
  • Laborer

    10%
  • Keeping House

    4%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Nelson family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nelson. The most common Nelson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Nelson's were Farmers.

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Nelson Life Expectancy

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