What does Chester mean?
Chester \ch(es)-ter\ 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.
For more on this name, 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 for all people (#2281 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Chester for boys. Chester reached its highest rank of #54 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
The only other prominent related form of Chester ranked in the Top 1000 is Chet. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.504%) and are now significantly less popular, with the versions Chester and Chet becoming less fashionable. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Chester and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)