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Chester Family History

Chester Name Meaning
English: habitational name from Chester, the county seat of Cheshire, or from any of various smaller places named with this word (as for example Little Chester in Derbyshire or Chester le Street in County Durham), which is from Old English ceaster ‘Roman fort or walled city’ (Latin castra ‘legionary camp’).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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235,183 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
20,015 Military Records
11,782 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Chester Families

  • Number of Chester families
     105 - 208
     36 - 104
     1 - 35
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Chester families
     328 - 654
     110 - 327
     1 - 109
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Chester families
     11 - 20
     4 - 10
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Chester census records

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Chester Family Origin

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Chester Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Chester

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Chester Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Chester census records

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Chester Civil War Service Records

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