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The meaning behind Chase Minnifield's name

Two years before he became vice president of the United States under Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr founded the Manhattan Company, whose bank was intended to compete with rival Alexander Hamilton’s Bank of New York. In 1955, the Manhattan Company merged with Chase National Bank to create Chase Manhattan Bank – the nickname one of Virginia’s starting cornerbacks one day would go by in his home town.

Aristotle Sokratis Onassis – one of the most prominent shipping magnates of the 20th century – made his fortune signing long-term contracts with companies that desired to use his tax-free fleet of freighters and tankers that sailed at low cost under Panamanian flags. His last name became the middle name of the Cavaliers player who has tallied three interceptions – tied for No. 3 in the nation – through three games this season.

On March 31, 1989, the son of Frank Minnifield – a four-time Pro Bowl cornerback for the Cleveland Browns from 1984-92 – was born in Lexington, Ky. Chase Onassis Minnifield will lead Virginia’s secondary Saturday against a supremely fast and athletic Florida State offense in the Cavaliers’ Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Scott Stadium.

A fourth-year junior, Chase Minnifield is ready for the challenge. He’s had no other choice from the very beginning.

“We just wanted to give him a name that he understood what the expectations were,” Frank Minnifield said earlier this week. “A lot of people in Lexington call him Chase Manhattan. We threw in Onassis because we wanted him to know that we wanted him to be successful. We wanted him to be as successful as the greatest shipping tycoon ever. And then we figured it wouldn't hurt by having Minnifield attached on the end.”

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By Steve Yanda  | October 1, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
 
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