The name Nelson ranked 385th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 251st in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Other possible meanings for this name include ''cloud'' and ''passionate.''
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born 1918)
South African political leader. Head of the African National Congress; imprisoned 1964-90 for his anti-apartheid activities. Became the first black president of South Africa 1994-99.