Nelson

Nelson - A very unique male name



  May 26,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Nelson, meaning son of Neil, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #207. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Nelson and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Nelson? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Nelson. The baby boy name Nelson was given to 408 baby boys in 2012, ranking #569 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 4,022 baby boys were given this name - making this a very unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Nelson peaked in popularity 107 years ago in 1912 on position 165.



Famous with this name

Nelson Wong
Sam Nelson
Nelson Franklin


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Nelson is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Nelson is currently topping the baby name charts in Hawaii at position #291 - and is the least popular in Michigan at position #1,140.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Nelson is where you live.


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Nelson origin and meaning

Nelson is a 6 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means son of Neil. To see famous people named Nelson, pop culture references for the name Nelson and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Nelson

We've found the following names that sound similar to Nelson, sorted by popularity.

Nilson /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012569
2011571
2010546
2009527
2008498
2007468
2006453
2005443
2004457
2003433
2002414
2001411
2000415
1999403
1998397
1997393
1996379
1995358
1994350
1993334
1992326
1991321
1990281
1989288
1988305
1987305
1986296
1985294
1984304
1983318
1982306
1981302
1980299
1979303
1978288
1977296
1976269
1975279
1974281
1973306
1972298
1971276
1970284
1969272
1968266
1967257
1966275
1965257
1964271
1963247
1962255
1961254
1960252
1959245
1958253
1957250
1956241
1955235
1954228
1953214
1952232
1951233
1950225
1949232
1948229
1947224
1946221
1945204
1944206
1943201
1942179
1941186
1940182
1939177
1938182
1937191
1936198
1935208
1934213
1933204
1932201
1931208
1930210
1929214
1928198
1927206
1926203
1925186
1924188
1923196
1922202
1921195
1920187
1919186
1918188
1917195
1916188
1915185
1914173
1913191
1912165
1911181
1910207

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
Hawaii291
New York335
Maryland345
Wisconsin416
Florida425
Virginia426
Pennsylvania443
Massachusetts472
New Jersey473
Texas473
California478
South Carolina522
Arizona529
North Carolina553
Minnesota582
Colorado600
Georgia632
Ohio695
Illinois711
Louisiana831
Washington895
Indiana921
Michigan1140

Even more about Nelson


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Nelson a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Nelson?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1912
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Nelson
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 4,022
Letter count 6
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +408

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