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Origin: Old English
Meaning: Dweller in Fortified Town

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Chester

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Chester in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Chester:

  • Records indicate that 118,567 boys in the United States have been named Chester since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 3,696 people in the U.S. were given the name Chester. Those people are now 102 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


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  • "My name is Chester xxxxxxxx xxxxx IV, my father obviously the III, and now my 6mnth old son is the V. Had a hard time with the name when i was younger, then the girls all thought it was such a cute name so that worked itself out. Now that i'm a father, to pass on the family name is an honor." Jun. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My ex-boyfriend is named Chester. All of his friends call him Chet but I always thought his full name was lovely." Apr. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Chester. I was named after my Great Grandfather. He was born in 1917. To keep confusion down at the annual Christmas Party, everyone calls me Chet, so I am always called Chet since birth, but my birth certificate says Chester Kyle Guidry." Jan. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my 17 year old son was named for his great grandfather ,....he loves the name Chet or Chester...because there are so few of them!! It's Chester Nathan. People do think he is saying "Chad" tho'." Jan. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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  • "Despite its similarity to the female name Hester and to Uncle Fester from 'The Addams Family', I think Chester is due for a comeback now. American actor Tom Hanks and his actress wife Rita Wilson named one of their two sons Chester, but so far I don't think anyone else has copied them. Yet the name was popular during the Theodore Roosevelt era, when many American baby boys were named Chester after Chester A. Arthur, U.S. president from 1881 to 1885." May. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father is Chester,my dad's uncle was Chester and my brother is Chester. All had the middle initial C. At one time they all worked at the same factory! Talk about confusion!" May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was a U.S. marshall, I had a deputy named Chester. He was a horrible actor who couldn't even fake a limp. So I shot him and got a "Festus"." Feb. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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