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ˈnɛl sənnel·son

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Nelson, Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson, Admiral Nelson, Lord Nelsonnoun

    English admiral who defeated the French fleets of Napoleon but was mortally wounded at Trafalgar (1758-1805)

  2. nelsonnoun

    any of several wrestling holds in which an arm is passed under the opponent's arm from behind and the hand exerts pressure on the back of the neck


  1. nelsonnoun

    A score of 111, sometimes considered to be unlucky (supposedly from the belief that Lord Nelson had one eye, one arm and one leg (disputed)).

  2. nelsonnoun

    A wrestling hold in which a wrestler's arm is locked behind his back.

  3. Nelsonnoun

    Lord Nelson (1758-1805), a British admiral.

  4. Nelsonnoun

    transferred from the surname.

  5. Etymology: From and.


  1. nelson

    As a surname in the English language, Nelson is believed to be derived from the patronymic phrase "son of Neil". It is also often used as a given name. Also, it's known because of Horatio Nelson, a British flag officer in the Royal Navy who played a significant role in the Battle of Trafalgar. The Nelson is also a wrestling hold named after its inventor. In different contexts, Nelson may have different meanings.


  1. Nelson

    Nelson is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay, and is the economic and cultural centre of the Nelson region. Established in 1841, it is the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand and the oldest in the South Island and was proclaimed a city by royal charter in 1858. Nelson was named in honour of the Admiral Horatio Nelson who defeated both the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Many roads and public areas around the city are named after people and ships associated with that battle and Trafalgar Street is the main shopping axis of the city. Inhabitants of Nelson are referred to as Nelsonians. Nelson city is bordered to the west and south-west by the Tasman District Council and the north-east, east and south-east by the Marlborough District Council. The city does not include Richmond, the region’s second-largest settlement. The town of Richmond has close on 14,000 residents while the Nelson City has a population of around 42,888 ranking it as New Zealand’s 9th most populous city and the geographical centre of New Zealand. Nelson is well known for its thriving local arts and crafts scene, Each year, the city hosts events popular with locals and tourists alike, such as the Nelson Arts Festival. The annual Wearable Art Awards began near Nelson and a local museum, World of Wearable Art now showcases winning designs alongside a collection of classic cars.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Nelson

    1, a Prosperous manufacturing borough of Lancashire (23), 3½ m. NE. of Burnley. 2, Capital of a district in the N. end of South Island, New Zealand (11); has a busy harbour in Blind Bay, and manufactures cloth, leather, soap, &c.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nelson is ranked #43 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Nelson surname appeared 424,958 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 144 would have the surname Nelson.

    77.6% or 330,022 total occurrences were White.
    15.9% or 67,866 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 10,836 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 8,499 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 4,930 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 2,847 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Nelson in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Nelson in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Nelson in a Sentence

  1. Will Smith:

    I had dinner with Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali. I would say that was probably the high point of my career, that was the pinnacle. Nelson Mandela was on my left, and Muhammad Ali was on my right. And so I got fully aware that I meant absolutely nothing in this world.

  2. Chuck Schumer:

    Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is -- is strong as could be, democratic Sen. Bill Nelson believes, I believe, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson's won a majority of the votes, and as long as they're counted, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson will continue being senator from Florida.

  3. Lawrence Durrell:

    Now stiff on a pillar with a phallic air nelson stylites in Trafalgar square reminds the British what once they were.

  4. Kathleen Flake:

    Russell Nelson is more willing and probably more required to assert Russell Nelson revelatory authority, required because Russell Nelson is making so many changes and because the church has faced so much pushback.

  5. Harmony Hudson:

    I think Joshua Nelson's an inspiration to some of the other people at St Charles School especially students of color, i don't even think Joshua Nelson realizes that Joshua Nelson's doing that much for everyone else as well.

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