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The exact origin of the surname Chesterman, is unclear. There are various theories including:
- a man from Chester (this theory is unsubstantiated as, I have not found any Chesterman's in Chester until the late 1800's. My group in Reading predates this somewhat (we have been traced back to 1596)
- a guard (as Chesterman is an old occupational name for a guard)
- a corruption from 'jester'