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The history of the name Nelson begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from a patronymic name created from the given name "Nell," or for the Irish, "Niall." The name is also listed as a baptismal name "the son of Eleanor" from the nickname "Nell."

Nelson Early Origins



The surname Nelson was first found in Lancashire (located in northwest England and dates back to 1180), where records show many instances of the name in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where Adam Nel was listed. Most are from Lancashire, but there is another from Cambridge: John filius Nel. William Neleson was listed in the Rolls of Parliament.

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Nelson Spelling Variations


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Nelson Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Nelson has been recorded under many different variations, including Nelson, Nellson, Nelsan, Nelston, Neleson and others.

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Nelson Early History


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Nelson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nelson research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1766, 1638, 1686, 1656, 1715, 1654, 1734, 1758, 1805 and are included under the topic Early Nelson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nelson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nelson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include John Nalson (1638?-1686), an English clergyman, historian and early Tory pamphleteer; Robert Nelson (1656-1715), an English lay religious writer and nonjuror; John Nelson (1654-1734), an English colonial merchant, trader...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nelson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nelson In Ireland


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Nelson In Ireland



Some of the Nelson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Nelson or a variant listed above:

Nelson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Nelson, who arrived in Virginia in 1606
  • George Nelson, who came to Virginia in 1623
  • Miche Nelson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1627
  • Provost Nelson, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Provess Nelson, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nelson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Nelson, who came to Yorktown, Virginia in 1700 (his son William became President of the Dominion of Virginia under the English crown and his grandson was to later become Governor of Virginia)
  • Paul Nelson, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Mary Nelson, who landed in North Carolina in 1702
  • Joan Nelson, who landed in North Carolina in 1702
  • John, Nelson Sr., who landed in North Carolina in 1702
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nelson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mathew Nelson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Gerard Nelson, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Dawson Nelson, aged 18, arrived in Delaware in 1812
  • Alexander Nelson, aged 33, landed in Virginia in 1812
  • Robert Nelson, aged 38, landed in New York in 1812-1813
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nelson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charley Nelson, who arrived in Arkansas in 1904
  • Peter Nelson, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
  • Emma Elizabeth Nelson, who landed in Colorado in 1907
  • Andrew Gustaf Nelson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1910
  • Karl Nelson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nelson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Harker Nelson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Isabella Nelson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ann Nelson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. James Nelson U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 452 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Samuel Nelson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nelson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph W Nelson, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • James Nelson, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Isabella Nelson, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John Nelson, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Nancy Nelson, aged 35, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nelson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • J E Nelson, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Nelson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Nelson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • John Nelson, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • Thomas Nelson arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Emma" in 1836 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emma. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Emma.gif
  • Samuel Nelson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  • Samuel Nelson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nelson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Nelson, aged 30, a sawyer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Ann Nelson, aged 34, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • John Nelson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • Jane Nelson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • Thomas Nelson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nelson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nelson (post 1700)



  • Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016), better known as "Prince", American seven-time Grammy Award, Golden Globe, and an Academy Award winning pop musician, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004
  • Jack Russell Nelson (1929-2016), American educator, President of Arizona State University (1981-1989)
  • Judd Asher Nelson (b. 1959), American Golden Globe nominated actor, perhaps best known for his role as John Bender, the pot-smoking student in The Breakfast Club (1985)
  • Juanita Morrow Nelson (1923-2015), American activist and war tax resister
  • Edwin Stafford "Ed" Nelson (1928-2014), American actor best known for his role as Dr. Michael Rossi in the ABC television series Peyton Place
  • William Nelson, American bronze medalist for wrestling at the 1904 Olympic games
  • Oswald George "Ozzie" Nelson (1906-1975), American entertainer and band leader, best known for his starring role in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet radio and television series with his wife and two sons
  • Don Nelson (1927-2013), American screenwriter, film producer and jazz musician, younger brother of Ozzie Nelson
  • John Byron Nelson Jr. (1912-2006), American PGA Tour golfer inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974
  • Edward Nelson (b. 1932), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research in 1995
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Nelson Historic Events


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Nelson Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Steven R Nelson (b. 1950), American Staff Sergeant from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Mr. Kenneth J Nelson (b. 1966), American Private from Falconer, New York, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Mr. Donald Craig Nelson (b. 1954), American Sergeant 1st Class from Hammond Hts, Kentucky, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. George Nelson, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Gustaf Nelson, Swedish Third Class Passenger from Gothenburg, Sweden who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. William Nelson (b. 1905), Scottish Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Frizington, Cumberland, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Nelson, British Lieutenant Commander, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William S Nelson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Charles Robert William Nelson (b. 1903), British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Nelson


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Suggested Readings for the name Nelson



  • Torger and Gertrude Nelson: Their Ancestors, Descendants and Related Families by Twila Ruth Eckstrom Schroeder.
  • Morrison-Wells and Nelson-Watson Families and Collateral Lines by Dorothy Nelson Grant.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emma. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Emma.gif
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Nelson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nelson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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