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Usages: Danish (Anglicized), Swedish (Anglicized), Norwegian (Anglicized)

Meaning: An Anglicized form of the Danish and Norwegian Nilsen, Nelsen, and Nielsen, Swedish Nilsson and Nelsson, and Norwegian Nilssøn and Nelssøn, meaning "son of Nils" or its variants Nels and Niels. Used by many Scandinavians after immigrating to the United States.

(Information from name #372572 originally submitted by an anonymous user) [noted -ed]
Irish, Northern Irish (Ulster).
The surname Nelson is Irish, specifically Ulster Northern Irish. It's Gaelic equivalent is Mac Neill or Mac Néill.

My source:http://www.libraryireland.com/AnglicisedSurnames/Nelson.php.

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