Chester

First Name
121k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
15k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Chester

"Chester" is a name of English origin, and it means "A Fortress, Camp". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A city of southeastern Pennsylvania on the Delaware river (an industrial suburb of Philadelphia)
Wiktionary

From Old English cester, a borrowing from Latin castra (“camp”).

  1. The county town of Cheshire, in northwest England.
  2. Any of a number of towns in the United States and Canada.
  3. An English habitational surname​.
  4. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Chester

Chester A. Arthur was an Engineer-in-Chief of the New York Militia, Inspector General of the New York Militia, Quartermaster General of the New York Militia, 21st President of the United States, 20th Vice President of the United States, Engineer-in-Chief of theNew York Mili. His military service ended in 1863. Chester was born on October 5th, 1829 in Fairfield, Vermont, U.S. He died on November 18th, 1886.

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Chester Bennington is a musician, songwriter, actor, and singer. His ongoing career started in 1992. Chester was given the name Chester Charles Bennington on March 20th, 1976 in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

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James Carville is a political science professor of practice, tulane university, political consulting, and political consultant. James was given the name Chester James Carville, Jr. on October 25th, 1944 in Louisiana.

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Chester W. Nimitz is a regents of the university of california. His military service ended in 1966.

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Howlin' Wolf was a chicago blues musician. He was most active from 1940 to 1976. Howlin' was given the name Chester Arthur Burnett on June 10th, 1910 in White Station, Mississippi. He left this life on January 10th, 1976.

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Chet Atkins was a country music, jazz, rock, roll, folk music, and rockabilly musician. He plays Guitar, violin, vocals, banjo, ukulele, Gretsch, Gretsch 6120, and Gibson Chet Atkins SST. His most notable accomplishments were from 1942 to 1996. Chet was given the name Chester Burton Atkins on June 20th, 1924 in Luttrell, Tennessee, US. Chet is also known as Mr. Guitar and The Country Gentleman. He passed away on June 30th, 2001.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Chester

James Chester is a soccer player for the West Bromwich Albion F.C., Manchester United F.C., Peterborough United F.C., Plymouth Argyle F.C., Carlisle United F.C., Hull City A.F.C., and Wales national football team. James was born on January 23rd, 1989 in Warrington, England.

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Vanessa Lee Chester is an actor and actress. She was most prominent from 1993 to present. Vanessa was born on July 2nd, 1984 in Hollywood, California, U.S.

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Chris Chester is an american football player. His most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. Chris was born on January 12th, 1983 in Tustin, California.

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Gary Chester was a pop music, rock music, rhythm, blues, folk music, bebop, doo-wop, jazz, bossa nova, samba, and progressive rock musician. He plays Drum kit. Gary was given the name Cesario Gurciullo on October 27th, 1924. He breathed his last breath on August 17th, 1987.

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Robert of Chester is a writer.

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Darren Chester is a journalist, political advisor, and political consulting. His career lasted from 2016 to 2016. Darren was born on September 13th, 1967 in Sale, Victoria, Australia.

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How popular is the baby name Chester in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 168 0 168 #85 boy name
1881 274 0 274 #60 boy name
1882 300 0 300 #61 boy name
1883 290 0 290 #59 boy name
1884 338 0 338 #58 boy name
1885 273 0 273 #67 boy name
1886 287 0 287 #65 boy name
1887 207 0 207 #79 boy name
1888 288 0 288 #72 boy name
1889 274 0 274 #69 boy name
1890 263 0 263 #69 boy name
1891 252 0 252 #68 boy name
1892 285 0 285 #72 boy name
1893 291 0 291 #66 boy name
1894 330 5 325 #63 boy name
1895 378 0 378 #57 boy name
1896 336 7 329 #63 boy name
1897 290 0 290 #67 boy name
1898 321 0 321 #66 boy name
1899 294 6 288 #67 boy name
1900 371 7 364 #72 boy name
1901 253 0 253 #76 boy name
1902 328 7 321 #74 boy name
1903 336 9 327 #68 boy name
1904 355 0 355 #69 boy name
1905 388 0 388 #64 boy name
1906 429 9 420 #62 boy name
1907 424 0 424 #67 boy name
1908 466 5 461 #66 boy name
1909 480 5 475 #67 boy name
1910 572 11 561 #61 boy name
1911 717 9 708 #58 boy name
1912 1,476 16 1,460 #55 boy name
1913 1,779 14 1,765 #56 boy name
1914 2,307 18 2,289 #56 boy name
1915 3,057 14 3,043 #54 boy name
1916 3,232 20 3,212 #54 boy name
1917 3,359 21 3,338 #56 boy name
1918 3,712 20 3,692 #54 boy name
1919 3,462 30 3,432 #53 boy name
1920 3,726 28 3,698 #55 boy name
1921 3,575 24 3,551 #56 boy name
1922 3,153 22 3,131 #64 boy name
1923 3,172 23 3,149 #63 boy name
1924 3,053 23 3,030 #67 boy name
1925 2,740 19 2,721 #73 boy name
1926 2,569 35 2,534 #79 boy name
1927 2,426 18 2,408 #85 boy name
1928 2,271 30 2,241 #88 boy name
1929 1,986 18 1,968 #96 boy name
1930 1,806 17 1,789
1931 1,737 18 1,719
1932 1,619 13 1,606
1933 1,405 6 1,399
1934 1,402 19 1,383
1935 1,440 9 1,431
1936 1,291 13 1,278
1937 1,284 13 1,271
1938 1,235 0 1,235
1939 1,303 6 1,297
1940 1,361 9 1,352
1941 1,457 10 1,447
1942 1,572 15 1,557
1943 1,639 9 1,630
1944 1,536 15 1,521
1945 1,458 14 1,444
1946 1,632 12 1,620
1947 1,725 12 1,713
1948 1,567 10 1,557
1949 1,450 11 1,439
1950 1,386 8 1,378
1951 1,408 6 1,402
1952 1,465 14 1,451
1953 1,390 12 1,378
1954 1,429 8 1,421
1955 1,257 5 1,252
1956 1,257 0 1,257
1957 1,191 13 1,178
1958 1,057 7 1,050
1959 1,006 5 1,001
1960 935 0 935
1961 893 5 888
1962 780 6 774
1963 733 0 733
1964 710 0 710
1965 629 0 629
1966 542 6 536
1967 533 0 533
1968 506 5 501
1969 544 0 544
1970 521 6 515
1971 508 0 508
1972 417 6 411
1973 422 0 422
1974 435 6 429
1975 355 0 355
1976 370 0 370
1977 393 0 393
1978 378 0 378
1979 354 0 354
1980 350 0 350
1981 348 0 348
1982 331 0 331
1983 297 5 292
1984 285 0 285
1985 262 0 262
1986 220 0 220
1987 251 0 251
1988 227 0 227
1989 226 0 226
1990 226 0 226
1991 209 0 209
1992 203 0 203
1993 154 0 154
1994 149 0 149
1995 144 0 144
1996 123 0 123
1997 122 0 122
1998 116 0 116
1999 99 0 99
2000 103 0 103
2001 81 0 81
2002 96 0 96
2003 92 0 92
2004 88 0 88
2005 94 0 94
2006 70 0 70
2007 81 0 81
2008 90 0 90
2009 72 0 72
2010 73 0 73
2011 81 0 81
2012 71 0 71
2013 75 0 75
2014 84 0 84
2015 98 0 98
2016 76 0 76

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Popularity of Chester as a first name

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Popularity of Chester as a last name

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Common last names for Chester

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Clark
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Allen
  • Baker
  • Harris
  • Hall
  • Nelson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Chester U.S.
  White 66.05% 64.26%
  African American 27.12% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.82% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.69% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.25% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.08% 16.26%

Of Last Name Chester

People with the last name Chester are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Chester

  • How Popular is the name Chester? Chester is the 562nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Chester was the 2,408th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Chester have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 121,403 babies born with the first name Chester in the United States. That's more than enough people named Chester to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chester? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 168 new born babies.
  • When was Chester first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chester is Monday, August 8th, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Chester born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chester was in 1920 with a total of 3,698 babies. That's a lot of babies named Chester!
  • Random Chester Factoid: According to the 1924 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Chester ranks 74th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Missouri. Imagine that, 83 babies in Missouri have the same name as you in 1924.
  • Weird things about the name Chester: Your name in reverse order is Retsehc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cteersh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Chester? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 15,066 people with the last name Chester.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chester? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Chester as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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