Nielsen Dens pronunciation: [ˈnelsn], is a Dens patronymic surname, literally meanin son o Niels, Niels bein the Dens version o the Greek male gien 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, awtho the form Nilsen is mair common. In Swaden 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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