Transferred use of the surname, in origin a local name from the city of Chester, so called from an Old English form of Latin castra ‘legionary camp’. Use as a given name has become quite common since the 20th century.
English (mainly Hampshire and Berkshire): topographic name from Middle English hacche ‘gate’, Old English hæcc (see Hatcher). In some cases the surname is habitational, from one of the many places named with this word. This name has been in Ireland since the 17th century, associated with County Meath and the nearby part of Louth.