origin: Hebrew


Origin: English

Meaning: Hunter

Chase can mean…well, chase. Or it can go back to the Old French word chasseur which means “hunter.” (Or…chase.) Rather than summoning images of dogs and guns, though, this name brings to mind a sleeker, higher-profile sort of chase -- more in the high-finance and hedge funds arena. Though we’re clear opponents of the different (mis)spelling practice, somehow the Chace variation of this name doesn’t really bother us. In fact, it’s kind of cool. (There, we said it.) Chase rose quickly in the ’80s and ’90s, then remained somewhat stagnant until the last couple years, when it rocketed up 16 positions in two years.

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 67

Famous chase

  • Chase Crawford (alt. spelling) - actor in Gossip Girl
  • Chase Hammond - character in Drive Me Crazy
  • Chase Matthews - character in Zoey 101
  • Chase Ellison - actor

Infamous chase

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