Meaning and name origin
Chester \ch(es)-ter\ as a boy's name is pronounced CHES-ter. It is of Old English and Latin origin, and the meaning of Chester is "camp of soldiers". Surname and place name from Roman Britain that became used as a given name. President Chester Arthur; newscaster Chet Huntley.
For more information, see also the related boy name Rochester.
Chester is a very popular first name for males (#213 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2151 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Chester for boys. Chester reached its highest rank of #54 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Chester and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Chet and Chester. (2014 statistics).