- Viscount Horatio,1758–1805, British admiral.
- (John) Byron,1911–2006, U.S. golf player.
- a river in central Canada, flowing NE from Lake Winnipeg to Hudson Bay. 400 miles (645 km) long.
- a seaport on N South Island, in New Zealand.
- a male given name.
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Word Origin for nelson
C19: from a proper name
- a town in NW England, in E Lancashire: textile industry. Pop: 28 998 (2001)
- a port in New Zealand, on N South Island on Tasman Bay. Pop: 45 300 (2004 est)
- River Nelson a river in central Canada, in N central Manitoba, flowing from Lake Winnipeg northeast to Hudson Bay. Length: about 650 km (400 miles)
- Horatio, Viscount Nelson. 1758–1805, British naval commander during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. He became rear admiral in 1797 after the battle of Cape St Vincent and in 1798 almost destroyed the French fleet at the battle of the Nile. He was killed at Trafalgar (1805) after defeating Villeneuve's fleet
- Willie. born 1933, US country singer and songwriter
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type of wrestling hold, 1875, apparently from a proper or surname, but no one now knows whose.
Presently, Stubbs, the more skilful as well as the more powerful of the twain, seizes the luckless Jumper in a terrible gripe, known to the initiated as the Full Nelson. ["Lancashire Recreations," in "Chambers's Journal," April 24, 1875]
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