The English and Scottish surname Chase is an occupational name for an exceptionally skilled huntsman, from the Middle English term chase meaning “hunt” (Old French chasse, from chasser ‘to hunt’, Latin captare). Early records of the name include John Chase, a Freeman of the city of York in 1393. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1630 when William Chase arrived in Massachusetts. Today there are approximately 51,000 bearers of the surname Chase living in the US.
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