Nelson Family History
Nelson Name Meaning
English: patronymic from the personal name Nell or Nele either of which might be a pet form of Elias or less commonly of Niel (from Latin Nigellus). See also Neal . Americanized form of Swedish Nilsson and also of the Danish Norwegian and North German cognates Nielsen and Nilsen (compare Nelsen ). Compare also Neilson and Nielson .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press