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The family name McChesney 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 surname McChesney 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cheyney, Chainey, Chainie, Cheeney, Cheeny, Cheney, Cheyne and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McChesney research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1320, 1414, 1399, 1372, 1378, 1390, 1393, 1394, 1399, 1407, 1413, 1442, 1499, 1485, 1558, 1536, 1540, 1587, 1625, 1698, 1660, 1657, 1728, 1671 and 1743 are included under the topic Early McChesney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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...

Another 254 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McChesney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McChesney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert McChesney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835
  • John McChesney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • George McChesney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Charles McChesney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • James McChesney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • ...

  • Bill McChesney Jr. (1959-1992), American long-distance runner
  • Robert Edward "Bob" McChesney (1912-1986), American NFL football end for the Boston/Washington Redskins 1936 to 1942
  • Robert Pearson McChesney (1913-2008), American artist
  • Robert Duncan McChesney (b. 1944), American scholar of the social and cultural history of Central Asia, Iran, and Afghanistan
  • Robert Waterman McChesney PhD (b. 1952), American professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Matthew "Matt" McChesney (b. 1981), American NFL football guard for the Denver Broncos (2009)
  • Mart McChesney (1954-1999), American actor and activist
  • Ernest McChesney (1912-1991), American tenor who had an active singing career in operas musicals, and concerts
  • Iain McChesney, Scottish former professional association footballer who played from 1960 to 1981
  • Michael McChesney (b. 1955), founding partner of Five Paces Ventures
  • ...

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fato prudentia major
Motto Translation: Prudence is greater than fate.


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    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The McChesney Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The McChesney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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