John Nelson   (m)   1534-1578  
Horatio Nelson   (m)   1758-1805  
Notable Military Figures
Alice Dunbar Nelson   (f)   1875-1935  
Notable Writers
Frank Nelson   (m)   1887-1970  
Olympic Medalists   1912   pole vault   (silver)
Lucille Hegamin   (a.k.a. Nelson)   (f)   1894-1970  
Notable Musicians
Byron Nelson   (m)   1912-2006  
Notable Athletes   (golf)
Gene Nelson   (m)   1920-1996  
Notable Actors and Entertainers   (actor)
Notable Filmmakers
Albert King   (a.k.a. Nelson)   (m)   1923-1992  
Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers   2013  
Russell M. Nelson   (m)   1924-  
Other Religious Leaders   2018-   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Marjorie Jackson-Nelson   (f)   1931-  
Olympic Medalists   1952   100 m; 200 m   (gold)
Nate Nelson   (m)   1932-1984  
Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers   2001   The Flamingos
Willie Nelson   (m)   1933-  
Notable Musicians
Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers   2023  
Ricky Nelson   (m)   1940-1985  
Notable Musicians
Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers   1987  
Don Nelson   (m)   1940-  
Hall-of-Famers   2012   (basketball)
Craig T. Nelson   (m)   1944-  
Emmy Award Winners   1992   Coach   (actor)
Notable Actors and Entertainers   (actor)
Brenda Benet   (a.k.a. Nelson)   (f)   1945-1982  
Notable Actors and Entertainers   (actor)
John Nelson   (m)   1948-  
Olympic Medalists   1964; 1968   swimming - 1500 m freestyle; swimming - 200 m freestyle; swimming - 4x200 m freestyle relay   (silver/bronze/gold)
Billy "Bass" Nelson   (m)   1951-  
Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers   1997   Parliament-Funkadelic
Bob Nelson   (m)   1956-  
Notable Filmmakers
Prince   (a.k.a. Nelson)   (m)   1958-2016  
Notable Musicians
Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers   2004  
Tim Blake Nelson   (m)   1964-  
Notable Actors and Entertainers   (actor)
Alice Nelson   (f)  
Fictional Characters from Television   1969; 1990   The Brady Bunch; The Bradys
Kirsten Nelson   (f)   1970-  
Notable Actors and Entertainers   (actor)
Lianne Nelson   (f)   1972-  
Olympic Medalists   2004   rowing   (silver)
Adam Nelson   (m)   1975-  
Olympic Medalists   2000; 2004   shot put   (silver)
Dawn Harper-Nelson   (f)   1984-  
Olympic Medalists   2008; 2012   100 m hurdles   (gold/silver)
Jordy Nelson   (m)   1985-  
Notable Athletes   (football)
Lars Nelson   (m)   1985-  
Olympic Medalists   2014   cross-country skiing   (gold)