Meaning and Origin of: Chase

Meaning and Origin of Chase

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old French : Hunter

What does Chase mean and stand for?

The name Chase is of French origin and means "to hunt." It is derived from a surname the Old English used as a nickname for huntsmen.

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Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : metonymic occupational name for a huntsman, or rather a nickname for an exceptionally skilled huntsman, from Middle English chase ‘hunt’ (Old French chasse, from chasser ‘to hunt’, Latin captare).
  • Southern French : topographic name for someone who lived in or by a house, probably the occupier of the most distinguished house in the village, from a southern derivative of Latin casa ‘hut’, ‘cottage’, ‘cabin’.
  • Thomas Chase came to MA from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1640s, and had many prominent descendants. Samuel Chase, born in Somerset Co., MD, in 1741, was one of the first members of the U.S. Supreme Court; Philander Chase, born in Cornish, NH, in 1741 was a prominent Episcopal clergyman, and his nephew Salmon Portland Chase (1808–73), also born in Cornish, was governor of OH, a U.S. senator, and secretary of the U.S. Treasury during the Civil War.

Famous people with this last name


According to Social Security Administration data, Chase has only recently fallen in the ranks, losing its spot in the top 100, which it held from 2000 to 2017.

However, it is the 57th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Chase was at its peak popularity in July 2017.

Chase, notably the name of a bank, has been popular for decades. Recently, it's been used in various young adult entertainment: Marvel comics Runaways, TV show Zoey 101, book She is One of the Boys, movie She Drives Me Crazy, TV show One Tree Hill, and the book series Percy Jackson. Chase is also a character name in the TV shows 24 and House. Alongside various NFL players, notable namesakes include actor Chase Stokes, TV personality Chase Landry, singer Chase Duddy, and actor Chasen Cord "Chase" Hampton. Celebrities Jake Shimabukuro, Joe Sakic, and Brandon J. Dirden have all chosen the name Chase for their sons.

Where is it Popular?

Chase was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Chase

  • Chasey

Pairs well with these middle names