Which celebrity received their stage name from a medieval English ballad?

Chevy Chase is an American comedian, writer, and actor who is best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and his starring roles in the films Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), and Fletch (1985).

Chase was named for his adoptive grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt Crane, while the nickname “Chevy” was bestowed by his grandmother, derived from the medieval English ballad “The Ballad of Chevy Chase”. As a descendant of the Scottish Clan Douglas, the name seemed appropriate to her.

Top Facts about

  • Chevy Chase was born on October 8, 1943 in Cornelius Crane Chase in New York City.
  • Education: Bard College (‎BA‎)‎
  • Children: Caley Leigh Chase, Bryan Perkins, Cydney Cathalene Chase, Emily Evelyn Chase

What is medieval ballad?

The Medieval Ballad is a form of narrative poetry, which was sung. The Ballads usually tells a dramatic story, as a series of rapid flashes; they consisted of a mixture of dialogue and narration. Ballads were impersonal, since ballad narrators do not speak in the first person.