Cheyney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The family name Cheyney 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.
The family originated in "Quesnay (Chesnay), near Coutances, from which came De Chesneto or Kaineto in England."  
Early Origins of the Cheyney family
The surname Cheyney was 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.
Important Dates for the Cheyney family
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Cheyney Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Cheyney, Chainey, Chainie, Cheeney, Cheeny, Cheney, Cheyne and many more.
Early Notables of the Cheyney family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Sir John Cheyne (Cheney) (died 1414), a Member of Parliament and briefly the initial Speaker of the House of Commons of England in the Parliament of October 1399, summoned by the newly-acclaimed Henry IV, married Margaret, daughter of William, Lord Deincourt and the widow of Robert, Lord Tiptoft which brought him wealth and status (1372), became an esquire in the king's household and was knighted in 1378, took part in a number of diplomatic missions and became MP for Gloucestershire in 1390, 1393, 1394 and 1399, last occasion he was elected Speaker, but...
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Migration of the Cheyney family to Ireland
Some of the Cheyney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Cheyney migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Cheyney Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Cheyney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Cheyney, who arrived in Virginia in 1622-1623 
- Robert Cheyney, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 
- Charity Cheyney, who landed in Maryland in 1650 
- Richard Cheyney, who landed in Maryland in 1658 
- John Cheyney, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 
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Cheyney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mary Cheyney, who landed in Virginia in 1703 
Cheyney migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Cheyney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Cheyney, aged 42, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian" 
- George Cheyney, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian" 
Contemporary Notables of the name Cheyney (post 1700)
- Peter Cheyney (1896-1951), Irish author of poems and thrillers from County Clare
- Gustavus Cheyney Doane (1840-1892), U.S. Army Cavalry Captain, explorer, inventor and Civil War soldier
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- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caucasian1853.shtml