Nelson Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Kelson, Belson, Neilson, Elson, Melson, Nilson, Nelon, Yelton, Merson

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Nelson Family Origin

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Nelson Family Occupations

What did your Nelson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Nelson. 43% of Nelson men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Nelson women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nelson were Carpenter and Servant

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Student
  • Farmer
  • Servant

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Nelson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Nelson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nelson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 287,000 immigration records available for the last name Nelson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 379,000 military records available for the last name Nelson. For the veterans among your Nelson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nelson Life Expectancy

What is the average Nelson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Nelson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Nelson in 1940 was 36, and 75 in 2004.

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