The Ballad of Chevy Chase

"The Ballad of Chevy Chase" was a popular British folk song that often appeared in print. This version was published in the nineteenth century. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

What's in a Name? Chevy Chase

Though most Americans (and Google) associate the name with Cornelius “Chevy” Chase, the actor of National Lampoon fame, those of us in the D.C. area know that Chevy Chase, Maryland had it first. Rumor has it, though, that the man and the town actually get their names from the same place: an English ballad that’s at least 500 years old.

Last Updated: May 9, 2022