Chester Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Rochester, Chesley, Pester, Hoster, Chesher, Chesser, Hester, Bester

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Chester Family Origin

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Chester Family Occupations

What did your Chester ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Chester family was Farm Laborer. The most common Chester occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Chester's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chester.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Chester ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Chester Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 144,000 census records available for the last name Chester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chester census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Chester. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Chester. For the veterans among your Chester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chester Life Expectancy

What is the average Chester lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Chester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Chester in 1944 was 34, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chester

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chester ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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