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The name Nelsen has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally 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."

Nelsen Early Origins



The surname Nelsen 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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Nelsen Spelling Variations


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Nelsen Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Nelsen include Nelson, Nellson, Nelsan, Nelston, Neleson and others.

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Nelsen Early History


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Nelsen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nelsen 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 Nelsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nelsen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nelsen 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 Nelsen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nelsen In Ireland


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Nelsen In Ireland



Some of the Nelsen 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Nelsen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Cornelius Nelsen, who arrived in Virginia in 1653

Nelsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas Nelsen, aged 27, arrived in Missouri in 1849
  • Bengta Nelsen, aged 3, landed in New York in 1868
  • Hanna Nelsen, aged 41, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Mans Nelsen, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Neils J Nelsen, who landed in New York in 1868
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nelsen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nelsen (post 1700)



  • Silas E. Nelsen (1894-1987), American architect
  • Ancher Nelsen (1904-1992), American politician, 34th Lieutenant Governor of the state of Minnesota
  • William Keith Nelsen (b. 1941), American NFL football player who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns
  • Jeff Nelsen (b. 1969), Canadian French horn player
  • Ryan William Nelsen ONZM (b. 1977), New Zealand footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    11. ...

    The Nelsen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nelsen 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 January 2015 at 21:40.

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