When Hellje Nilsson was born about 1731, in Skepparslöv, Gärd, Kristianstad, Sweden, his father, Nils Martensson, was 50 and his mother, Karna Heljasdotter, was 33.
Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Lars, Nils, Per, Anders, Egil, Lennart, Sven, Birgit, Fredrik, Sten, Algot. German Kurt, Hans, Otto, Gerhard, Gotthard, Karl-Heinz.
Swedish and German: patronymic from the personal name Nils, a shortened form of Nikolaus. Compare Nilson , Neilson 3, and Nielson 2.