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What does Chester mean?

Chester Pronunciation of Chester [chester] as a boys' 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.

Associated with: old english, soldiers (warrior), surname, roman, britain (england).


Chester has 3 variants: Chess, Cheston and Chet.

Related boy name: Rochester.

Creative forms:
(male) Carster, Cester, ..

(female) Chese, Chever, ..

Middle name pairings:
Chester Hezekiah (C.H.), ..

How popular is Chester?

Chester is a very popular first name for males (#213 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#2281 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Chester reached its highest rank of #55 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #1617 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Chester name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Chester outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Chester (#1617 in recent rankings) ranked in the Top 2000 are Rochester and Chet. These forms of Chester were popular as birth names 105 years ago (adoption of 0.4%) and are now significantly less common, with the version Chester falling out of fashion.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Alaster, Aleister, Alester, Alister, Alyster, Brewster, Buster, Caesar, Carter, Casper, Caster, Castor, Cesar, Chalmer, Chase, Chasen, Chelton, Cheney, Cheslea (see Chesley), Cheslee, Chesley, Cheslie, Chesly, Chesney, Chesnie, Chesny, Chessie, Chetwen (see Chetwin), Cheyne, Chipper, Chrestien, Christer, Clete, Colter, Coster, Coulter, Cristen, Dexter, Dieter, Fester, Forester, Forster, Foster, Guenter, Jesper, Kester, Krister, Lester, Minster, Nester, Peter, Pieter, Shefer, Thaxter, Vester, Webster, Wheeler, Whistler and Wister. These names tend to be less frequently used than Chester.

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