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Where did the Scottish Chaney family come from? When did the Chaney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chaney family history?The family name Chaney is believed to be descended originally from the Norman people. The Normans were commonly believed to be of French origin but were, more accurately, of Viking origin. The Vikings landed in the Orkneys and Northern Scotland about the year 870 AD, under their King, Stirgud the Stout. Later, under their Jarl, Thorfinn Rollo, they invaded France about 911 AD. The French King, Charles the Simple, after Rollo laid siege to Paris, finally conceded defeat and granted northern France to Rollo. Rollo became the first Duke of Normandy. Duke William, who invaded and defeated England in 1066, descended from the first Duke Rollo of Normandy.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Cheyney, Chainey, Chainie, Cheeney, Cheeny, Cheney, Cheyne and many more.
First found in Buckinghamshire, where William de Chesney (died 1161), an Anglo-Norman magnate during the reign of King Stephen of England was one of the first listed. He held Oxford Castle during King Stephen's reign. Robert de Chesney (died 1166), brother of William de Chesney was a medieval English Bishop of Lincoln. He was an early patron of Thomas Becket, and present during the coronation of King Henry II of England in 1154. He also served King Henry as a royal justice. William de Chesney (died 1174), another brother, was a medieval Anglo-Norman nobleman and Sheriff of Norfolk (c. 1146-1153), Suffolk (c. 1146-1153) and (1156-1163). He also founded Sibton Abbey.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chaney research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1320 are included under the topic Early Chaney History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Chaney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Chaney Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- Joseph Chaney, who arrived in Virginia in 1751
- John Chaney, who landed in America in 1764
- William Chaney, who landed in Mississippi in 1799
- James I Chaney, who landed in Mississippi in 1799
- James N Chaney, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799
Chaney Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- John C. Chaney, aged 38, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1892
- Chas. Chaney, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
- Eugene Chaney, aged 28, who emigrated to America, in 1894
- Eng. Chaney, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1896
Chaney Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
- Harry C. Chaney, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1903
- Emaline M. Chaney, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
- Chaney, who settled in America, in 1904
- Sarah Chaney, aged 22, who landed in America from Paisley, in 1904
- Lillian Chaney, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
- Leonidas "Lon" Chaney (1883-1930), American character actor, nicknamed "The Man of a Thousand Faces"
- Esty Chaney (1891-1952), American baseball player
- Creighton Tull "Lon" Chaney Jr. (1906-1973), American character actor, best known for his roles "The Wolf Man" movies
- Major-General James Eugene Chaney (1885-1967), American President of the Secretary of War's Personnel Board (1946-1947)
- James Chaney (1943-1964), American civil rights activist
- Norman "Chubby" Chaney (1918-1936), American child actor, member of Our Gang
- John Chaney (b. 1953), Judge in the Supreme Court of Western Australia
- The Chaney Family Register: Southern Branch by Carolyn Cloud Stanley.
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