Cheyne Name Study

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Date: Jul 2019
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Surnames/tags: Cheyne Cheney Chen
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Welcome to the Cheyne Name Study



This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. Cheyne, Cheney.... The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

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Members of the family have been shown to frequent the Norfolk area of England where records show one William de Caisneto, Sheriff of Norfolk.
In Scotland, records show early Chen and Cheyne family members in Inverness and Nairnshire.
Records also show a large number of Cheyne family members in Aberdeenshire.


It is said that the family probably has its origins in Quesnai in Normandy, France.
In England the name was originally spelled de Chesney or de Chasney, also latinised to de Caisneto, and later became Cheyney or Cheney.
In Scotland the name was commonly spelled Chen before 1600 and Cheyne after 1600.


Recognised both as an Armigerous clan without a Chief and as a sept of Clan Sutherland.


The Cheyne Family

James Cheyne
Anna Irvine, Cheyne, Mowat
James Cheyne
Clare Cheyne Gordon
Alexander Cheyne


William Cheyne earliest proven Cheyne Ancestor of Elizabeth and Eleanora and unlinked to the rest of the Cheyne's.


Dr Alexander McKenzie Cheyne Australia.
Peter Cheyne Australia.

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My Connections.
Elizabeth Cheyne Copeland is an ancestor of Laura Bozzay and sister to
Eleanora Cheyne Angus... an ancestor.

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See Also:

  • The Cheney Genealogy A large book on the Genealogy of the Cheney family in America which claims possible English Ancestry.
  • There are several books about the Cheyne family.
  • R. W. L. Chesney, Le Fief de Quesneto, published in 1962 and 1975, which traces the families now known as Cheyne, Cheney, Cheyney and Chesney from their Norman roots to the England and later Scotland.
  • A. Y. Cheyne, The Cheyne Family in Scotland, published in 1931, which traces the "landed family" from the mid 1100's to their end in the 1600's.
  • W. D. Cheyne-MacPherson, F.S.A.(Scot), The Cheyne of Inverugie, Esslemont and Arnage and Their Descendants, published 1943, which traces the cadet family of John Cheyne, in Claymires, Ellon circa 1600 to modern times. Included are the families that are now in Edinburgh, Australia and New Zealand. "
  • James Cheyne's, THE CHEYNE FAMILY OF ABERDEENSHIRE, published in 1993.


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Here is something to add to your 'See Also': Time Team Season 14, Episode 10 The Cheyne Gang Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire
posted by Ros Haywood
I was just cruising around Wikitree and noticed this page. I think there are (or were) Cheynes in Albany, Western Australia. There is a beach called Cheynes Beach to the east of Albany which was named after a family who were involved in the whaling industry (long closed) in Albany. If I recall correctly, the whaling boats were given the name Cheynes, with a number after it. I don't know anything further unfortunately but there is a local historian who might.
posted by Nan Hewitt
Hi Nan,

This branch of the family is now on Wikitree. See George Cheyne (Cheyne-596) who is part of the Scotland Cheynes.

posted by Greg Scannell