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The CHESTER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 14,595 2281 0.005 54
United States (1880 census) 3,055 1991 0.006 61
Change since 1880 +11540 -290 -0.001 -7
Other Countries
Australia 1,128 1461 0.007 69
United Kingdom 4,300 1466 0.009 94
Top States for CHESTER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Georgia 1,337 845 0.016 163
Florida 1,167 1843 0.007 73
Texas 877 2715 0.004 42
California 876 3577 0.003 26
Ohio 755 1892 0.007 67
Top States for CHESTER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Georgia 1,337 845 0.016 163
Maryland 592 1050 0.011 112
Tennessee 467 1900 0.008 82
North Carolina 635 1919 0.008 79
Florida 1,167 1843 0.007 73


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called CHESTER live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called CHESTER represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called CHESTER in Georgia than any other state, but you are more likely to find a CHESTER by picking someone at random in Georgia than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of CHESTER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the CHESTER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the CHESTER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of CHESTER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 261 1.79
White (Hispanic) 200 1.37
Native American/Alaskan 185 1.27
Asian/Pacific 85 0.58
White (Caucasian) 9,992 68.46
Black/African American 3,874 26.54

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the CHESTER surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of CHESTER in historical publications

(origin: Local) From the city of Chester, the capital of Cheshire, England, founded by the Romans. The name is derived from the Latin Castrum; Saxon, ceaster, a fortified place, a city, a castle or camp, it being a Roman station where the twentieth legion was quartered. The Roman stations in England were generally so called, being sometimes varied in dialect to Chester, Chaster, or Caster, the termination of many English towns, as Colchester, the camp on the river Coln; Doncaster, on the Don; Lancaster, on the Lon or Lune, etc.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

CHESTER. The palatine city; also places in Durham, Northumb., and Derby. It was probably from Little Chester, in the last-named co., that the Chesters of Cockenhatch assumed the name.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to CHESTER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CHESTER.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for CHESTER

The following words are slight variants of CHESTER that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.