Gender: Male Meaning of Chester: "fortress, walled town," Origin of Chester: Latin

Chester Origin and Meaning

The name Chester is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "fortress, walled town,".

Chester is a comfortable, little-used teddy-bear of a name that suddenly sounds both quirky and cuddly.

Chester was a Top 100 name from the 1880s to 1929, gradually fading till it finally dropped off the list completely in 1995. It's been seen on old TV shows like Gunsmoke and The Life of Riley, then reappeared later on The Nanny and The Wire. Chester Alan Arthur made it presidential, it was a World War II hero via Admiral Chester Nimitz, the comic world associates it with Chester Gould, creator of Dick Tracy, and it has modern musical ties to Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have a son named Chester.

Nickname Chet has, like Hank, a friendly retro vibe.

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Pop Culture References for the name Chester

Chesleigh, Casterm, Caster, Castor, Chesleigh, Chesley, Chess, Cheston, Chet


EJpuddlejumper Says:


love this, especially with the nickname Chess!! SOunds so vintage, elegant, and stately.

Koolkitty108 Says:


I think of this annoying chorale.

Koolkitty108 Says:


Fairly odd parents and the Chester Chorale just came to mind.

TechnoKitten Says:


I love the name Chester,it's truly a beautiful name

Alice010 Says:


Handsome, vintage name making a comeback in England

Leonina Says:


Well, Charlie Chester is rhyming slang for child molester.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Cute name

Jessica Says:


Chester molester

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Of course! There are quite a few associations with the name

morning_glory Says:


I think of the place . . .

silkypumpkin Says:


in what way? I like this name and nothing obvious comes to mind, so it'd be nice to know before naming a child this if i'm missing something. though i'm sure times have changed.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I think of chess.

hflynn77 Says:


I knew a boy named Chester who was teased relentlessly for his name.

Rebellious Says:


This is winning for us at the moment... we also like Jarrah, Jaeger and perhaps even Hunter...

Bobcat108 Says:


Chet was the Hardy Boys' best bud. His sister Iola was Joe's girlfriend.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I really like this name, although Chet's not my favorite nickname.

lesliemarion Says:


Chester is the cutest name I can think of and I love Chet too!

Taylor_23 Says:


Chester would be a something I name a dog

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I think of chestnuts.

Guest Says:


I can't say this without thinking of cheese.