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Nielson Name Meaning

Scottish (Lanarkshire): patronymic from the personal name Neil meaning ‘son of Neil’ or an Anglicized form of McNeill . Americanized form of Danish Norwegian or North German Nielsen and in some cases of Swedish Nilsson .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Nelson, Nielsen, Nilson, Elson, Melson, Kelson, Belson, Engelson

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Where is the Nielson family from?

You can see how Nielson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nielson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nielson families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 33 Nielson families living in London. This was about 23% of all the recorded Nielson's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Nielson families in 1891.
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What did your Nielson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Nielson. 50% of Nielson men worked as a General Labourer and 75% of Nielson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nielson were Bricklayer and Domestic Servant. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Domestic Servant
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Census Records

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Nielson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nielson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Nielson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Nielson. For the veterans among your Nielson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nielson lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Nielson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Nielson in 1945 was 21, and 74 in 2004.

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