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What does Chester mean?

Chester Pronunciation of 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. Also form of Rochester.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, soldiers (warrior), surname, roman, britain (england)


VARIANTS Chess, Cheston, Chet



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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 #1704 currently. (2018 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?

Prominent related forms of Chester (#1704 IN RECENT RANKINGS) ranked in the Top 2000 are Chet and Rochester. These forms of Chester were popular as birth names 108 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 sound-alike 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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