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Origin and Meaning of Chasten

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Chas"ten
  1. To correct by punishment; to inflict pain upon the purpose of reclaiming; to discipline; as, to chasten a son with a rod."For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth." [Heb. xii. 6.]
  2. To purify from errors or faults; to refine."They [classics chasten and enlarge the mind, and excite to noble actions." [Layard.]
    synonyms: To chastise; punish; correct; discipline; castigate; afflict; subdue; purify.

Usage: To Chasten Punish Chastise. To chasten is to subject to affliction or trouble, in order to produce a general change for the better in life or character. To punish is to inflict penalty for violation of law, disobedience to authority, or intentional wrongdoing. To chastise is to punish a particular offense, as with stripes, especially with the hope that suffering or disgrace may prevent a repetition of faults.

Etymology: OE. chastien, OF. Chastier, F. Ch�tier, fr. L. castigare to punish, chastise; castus pure + agere to lead, drive. See Chaste Act, and cf. Castigate Chastise

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Correct by punishment or discipline
  2. Change by restraining or moderating
  3. Censure severely

From Middle English chastien, from Old French chastier (“punish”), from Latin castīgāre. See also chastise, castigate and chaste.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Chasten

Gamal Abdel Chasten is a poet, playwright, and actor. Gamal was born in New York City.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Chasten U.S.
  White 33.93% 64.26%
  African American 55.87% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.32% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.38% 16.26%

Of Last Name Chasten

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

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Fun Facts about the name Chasten

  • How Popular is the name Chasten? Chasten is the 22,438th most popular name of all time. As a last name Chasten was the 52,851st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Chasten have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 284 babies born with the first name Chasten in the United States. That's more than enough people named Chasten to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chasten? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1986 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Chasten first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chasten is Thursday, February 7th, 1889.
  • What year had the most people named Chasten born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chasten was in 2013 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Random Chasten Factoid: According to the 1993 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Chasten is not a popular baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1993.
  • Weird things about the name Chasten: Your name in reverse order is Netsahc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tneasch. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Chasten? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 392 people with the last name Chasten.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chasten? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Chasten as their last name since less than 1 person in 769k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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