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Origins of the Nelson surname

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About the Nelsons

We have a total number of 216025 records for people with the last name Nelson.

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Alternative variations of the name Nelson

Nelson, Nellson, Nelston, Nilson, Nalson

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Where do most Nelsons live?

In 1921, most Nelsons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Nelsons

How common is your surname?

245th most common surname in the UK

We have 138,000 records for the Nelson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1539.

Who were Nelsons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Nelson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Nelsons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Nelsons in 1921


Cotton Weaver


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic




Common Male occupations for Nelsons in 1921
Farm Hands


Coal Miner


Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers


General Farmers


General Labourer


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