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What does Chess mean?

Chess Pronunciation of Chess [chess] as a boys' name has the meaning "camp of soldiers". Chess is an alternate spelling of Chester (Old English, Latin).

Associated with: soldiers (warrior).


2 related forms via Chester: Cheston and Chet.

Creative forms:
(male) Caess, Chaiss, ..

(female) Chece, Cheta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Chess Keith (C.K.), ..

How popular is Chess?

Chess is a rare given name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#14755 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Chester (#1617 the previous year) and Chet are the prominent related forms of Chess (not ranked) appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Chess were at the apex of their popularity 105 years ago (adoption of 0.35%) and are now much less popular (adoption 0.01%, 98.5% less), with the version Chester becoming somewhat outmoded. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Chester, Chet in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Chess and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Chess is pronounced similarly to Chace, Chas, Chase, Chayse, Chaz, Chazz and Shays. Other suggested similar names are Cass, Chaps, Che, Cheny, Chesly, Chesny, Chessie, Chevy, Chris, Chriss, Jess and Otess. These names tend to be more commonly used than Chess.

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