Nielsen Danish pronunciation: [ˈnelsn], is a Dens patronymic surname, literally meanin son o Niels, Niels being the Dens version o the Greek male given name Νικόλαος, Nikolaos (cf. Nicholas). It is the seicont maist common surname in Denmark, shared bi aboot 5% o the population. It is an aa uised in Norrowey, although the form Nilsen is mair common. In Sweden the parallel form is Nilsson. Nielsen is an aa in uise in the Faroe Islands. The frequent occurrences o Nielsen as a surname ootside Denmark is due tae emigration. Immigrants tae Inglis-speakin kintras aften chynged the spellin tae Nielson, Nelsen, Nelson or Neilson.
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