Chase

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Chase mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Chase

"Chase" is a name of English origin, and it means "Hunter". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Chase
Senses
  1. To pursue for the purpose of killing or taking, as an enemy, or game; to hunt."We are those which chased you from the field." [Shak.]"Philologists, who chase A panting syllable through time and place." [Cowper.]
  2. To follow as if to catch; to pursue; to compel to move on; to drive by following; to cause to fly; -- often with away or off; as, to chase the hens away." Chased by their brother's endless malice from prince to prince and from place to place." [Knolles.]
  3. To pursue eagerly, as hunters pursue game." Chasing each other merrily." [Tennyson.]

Etymology: OF. chacier, F. chasser, fr. (assumed) LL. captiare, fr. L. captare to strive to seize. See Catch

verb Chase
To give chase; to hunt; as, to chase around after a doctor.
noun Chase
Senses
  1. Vehement pursuit for the purpose of killing or capturing, as of an enemy, or game; an earnest seeking after any object greatly desired; the act or habit of hunting; a hunt."This mad chaseof fame." [Dryden.]"You see this chase is hotly followed." [Shak.]
  2. That which is pursued or hunted."Nay, Warwick, seek thee out some other chase, For I myself must hunt this deer to death." [Shak.]
  3. An open hunting ground to which game resorts, and which is private properly, thus differing from a forest, which is not private property, and from a park, which is inclosed. Sometimes written chace.(Eng)
  4. [Court Tennis] A division of the floor of a gallery, marked by a figure or otherwise; the spot where a ball falls, and between which and the dedans the adversary must drive his ball in order to gain a point.

Etymology: Cf. F. chasse, fr. chasser. See Chase (v.)

noun Chase
Senses
  1. A rectangular iron frame in which pages or columns of type are imposed.
  2. [Mil] The part of a cannon from the reënforce or the trunnions to the swell of the muzzle. See Cannon.
  3. A groove, or channel, as in the face of a wall; a trench, as for the reception of drain tile.
  4. [Shipbuilding] A kind of joint by which an overlap joint is changed to a flush joint, by means of a gradually deepening rabbet, as at the ends of clinker-built boats.

Etymology: F. cháse, fr. L. capsa box, case. See Case a box

verb Chase
Senses
  1. To ornament (a surface of metal) by embossing, cutting away parts, and the like.
  2. To cut, so as to make a screw thread.

Etymology: A contraction of enchase

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
  2. A rectangular metal frame used in letterpress printing to hold together the pages or columns of composed type that are printed at one time
  3. United States politician and jurist who served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1808-1873)
  4. Cut a furrow into a columns
  5. Cut a groove into ("chase silver")
  6. Go after with the intent to catch ("The policeman chased the mugger down the alley" and "the dog chased the rabbit")
  7. Pursue someone sexually or romantically
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​ from a Middle English nickname for a hunter.
  2. A male given name of modern usage, transferred from the surname.
  3. A census-designated place in Alaska
  4. A village and a river in British Columbia, Canada
  5. A city in Kansas
  6. A census-designated placein Pennsylvania
  7. A town in Wisconsin

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Notable Persons Named Chase

Chase Rice is a country music and bro-country musician. He was most active from 2010 to present. Chase was born on September 19th, 1986.

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Chase Utley is a baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chase was born on December 17th, 1978 in Pasadena, California.

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Chase was born on November 28th, 1995 in Dawsonville, Georgia. Chase is also known as William Clyde Elliott II (full given name).

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Cha Cha Malone is a hip hop music, contemporary r&b, soul music, pop music, electronic music, dance music, and k-pop singer, music producer, songwriter, composer, illustrator, b-boy, singing, record producer, and b-boying. He has had major accomplishments since 2006. Cha was given the name Chase Vincent Malone on May 25th, 1987 in Seattle. Cha is also known as B-boy ChaCha, Malone, and Cha Cha.

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Chase Daniel is a football player. Chase was born on October 7th, 1986 in Irving, Texas.

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Chase Masterson is a jazz, soundtrack, and pop music musician. She was most prominent from 1993 to present. Chase was given the name Christianne Carafano on February 26th, 1963 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Chase

Chevy Chase is a sketch comedy, improvisational theatre, physical comedy, and slapstick comedian. Chevy was given the name Cornelius Crane Chase on October 8th, 1943 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Daveigh Chase is an actress, singer, and voice actress. She was most active from 1998 to present. Daveigh was given the name Daveigh Elizabeth Chase-Schwallier on July 24th, 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

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Richard was born on May 23rd, 1950 in California. Richard is also known as The Dracula Killer, The Vampire of Sacramento, The Vampire Killer, Chase, and Richard Trenton. He breathed his last breath on December 26th, 1980.

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Will Chase is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Will was born on September 12th, 1970 in Frankfort, Kentucky.

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Salmon Chase was an and 25th United States Secretary of the Treasury. He was most prominent from 1864 to 1873. Salmon was born on January 13th, 1808 in Cornish, New Hampshire. He passed away on May 7th, 1873.

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Grace Lee Whitney was an actress, singer, actor, and singing. She was most prominent from 1947 to 2007. Grace was given the name Mary Ann Chase on April 1st, 1930 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S. She died on May 1st, 2015.

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How popular is the baby name Chase in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1885 5 0 5
1890 5 0 5
1912 8 0 8
1914 6 0 6
1915 10 0 10
1917 8 0 8
1918 7 0 7
1919 7 0 7
1920 5 0 5
1921 6 0 6
1922 11 0 11
1923 6 0 6
1924 8 0 8
1925 8 0 8
1926 8 0 8
1927 7 0 7
1928 7 0 7
1930 5 0 5
1931 5 0 5
1932 5 0 5
1933 7 0 7
1936 5 0 5
1938 5 0 5
1939 11 0 11
1940 9 0 9
1942 5 0 5
1943 11 0 11
1945 6 0 6
1947 7 0 7
1948 8 0 8
1949 12 0 12
1950 9 0 9
1951 9 0 9
1952 9 0 9
1954 9 0 9
1955 11 0 11
1956 8 0 8
1957 11 0 11
1958 8 0 8
1959 13 0 13
1960 13 0 13
1961 17 0 17
1962 11 0 11
1963 17 0 17
1964 18 0 18
1965 32 0 32
1966 19 0 19
1967 27 0 27
1968 33 0 33
1969 32 0 32
1970 54 0 54
1971 71 7 64
1972 92 0 92
1973 128 7 121
1974 135 8 127
1975 138 11 127
1976 144 10 134
1977 148 10 138
1978 149 5 144
1979 160 5 155
1980 187 11 176
1981 209 13 196
1982 956 19 937
1983 1,843 20 1,823
1984 2,122 30 2,092
1985 2,162 35 2,127
1986 1,983 16 1,967
1987 2,090 23 2,067
1988 2,347 42 2,305
1989 2,902 37 2,865
1990 3,196 38 3,158
1991 3,263 40 3,223
1992 3,045 27 3,018
1993 3,058 39 3,019
1994 3,269 43 3,226
1995 4,019 102 3,917 #95 boy name
1996 5,213 223 4,990 #76 boy name
1997 5,192 229 4,963 #77 boy name
1998 5,778 216 5,562 #67 boy name
1999 5,361 138 5,223 #76 boy name
2000 5,558 118 5,440 #77 boy name
2001 5,343 144 5,199 #79 boy name
2002 4,978 120 4,858 #82 boy name
2003 5,169 156 5,013 #87 boy name
2004 5,396 235 5,161 #82 boy name
2005 5,354 156 5,198 #82 boy name
2006 5,916 174 5,742 #83 boy name
2007 6,300 148 6,152 #79 boy name
2008 7,127 128 6,999 #67 boy name
2009 7,486 100 7,386 #61 boy name
2010 6,520 81 6,439 #66 boy name
2011 6,256 69 6,187 #69 boy name
2012 5,772 86 5,686 #78 boy name
2013 5,608 76 5,532 #78 boy name
2014 5,426 73 5,353 #78 boy name
2015 5,424 63 5,361 #74 boy name
2016 4,913 67 4,846 #86 boy name
2017 4,207 50 4,157 #94 boy name

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Popularity of Chase as a first name

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Popularity of Chase as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Chase U.S.
  White 81.84% 64.26%
  African American 11.39% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.72% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.47% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.07% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.50% 16.26%

Of Last Name Chase

People with the last name Chase are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Chase

  • What name lists does Chase rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Chase? Chase is the 440th most popular name of all time. In 2017 Chase was the 94th most popular name. As a last name Chase was the 649th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Chase have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 162,696 babies born with the first name Chase in the United States. That's more than enough people named Chase to occupy the territory of Guam (USA) with an estimated population of 159,358 (as of April 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chase? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1885 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Chase first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chase is Saturday, May 3rd, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Chase born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chase was in 2009 with a total of 7,386 babies. That's a lot of babies named Chase!
  • Random Chase Factoid: According to the 1999 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Chase ranks 66th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 87 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1999.
  • Weird things about the name Chase: Your name in reverse order is Esahc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Asech. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Chase? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 52,481 people with the last name Chase.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chase? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 18 of them will have Chase as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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