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

The name Chester is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "fortress, walled town,". Chester and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Who's their sibling?".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Chester

Chester Alan Arthur, 21st U.S. president
Chester Arthur Burnett aka Howlin' Wolf, American blues musician
Chester Greenwood, American inventor of earmuffs
Chester Charles Bennington, late lead singer of American alt-rock band Linkin Park
Chester Cortez Thompson, American rock drummer
(John) Chester Brooks Morris, American actor
Chester William Nimitz, American WWII admiral
Chester See, American YouTuber
Chester Lamar Taylor, American NFL football player
(James) Chester Manifold, Australian politician
Chester Cooper Conklin, American actor/comedian
Chester Bomar Himes, American novelist
Chester Floyd Carlson, American physicist; inventor of xerography
Chester Simon Kallman, American poet and librettist
Chester Conn, American composer
Chester Gould, American cartoonist; creator of "Dick Tracy"
Chester Earl "Chet" Holifield, U.S. Congressman from California
Chester Marlon Hanks, son of actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Chester William Baldwin, son of Holly Willoughby & Dan Baldwin

Pop Culture References for the name Chester

Chester Mcbadbat, character on animated series "Fairly Oddparents"
Chester Meredith, character in P. G. Wodehouse's "Chester Forgets Himself"
Chester, cat character in the Bunnicula series by James Howe
Chester Cheetah, Cheetos advertising mascot
Chester Langston, character on TV's "American Gothic"
Chester, character in "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Chester Barklight, character in video game "Tales of Phantasia"
Chester Goode, character on TV's "Gunsmoke"
Chester Karol "Ziggy" Sobotka, character on TV's "The Wire"
Chester the Molester, cartoon character in Hustler magazine
"Chester," song by Dana Dane
Chester, city in England

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


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.