Why do they call these provinces "Chevy Chase"? And what does it all mean?


The one in Washington, D.C. and the one in Maryland... They're both named Chevy Chase. And... there's a comedian named Cornelius Chase given a stage-name in honor of both of them? Why? What's the connection--of all of it?

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  • 1 year ago
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    If only there were some way to look up such things while using an Internet connection...

    The name "Chevy Chase" is derived from "Cheivy Chace", the name of the land patented to Colonel Joseph Belt from Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore on July 10, 1725. It has historic associations to a 1388 battle between Lord Percy of England and Earl Douglas of Scotland, the subject of the ballad entitled "The Ballad of Chevy Chase". At issue in this "chevauchée" (a French word describing a border raid) were hunting grounds or a "chace" in the Cheviot Hills of Northumberland and Otterburn.[2]

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