Nelson (surname)

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This article is about the surname Nelson. For other uses, see Nelson (disambiguation).

Nelson is a family name. Within the United States, it is ranked as the 39th-most common surname of 88799 listed.[1]

It is in origin a patronymic meaning "son of Nels" (Scandinavian) or "son of Nell" (Irish). Many derived from Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, also known as Lord Nelson, a British admiral known for his participation in the Napoleonic Wars.

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  1. ^ U.S. Census Bureau; "Frequently Occurring First Names and Surnames From the 1990 Census, (Table) Name Files dist.all.last"; published May 9, 1995; <http://www.census.gov/genealogy/names/dist.all.last>