McChesney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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 family originated in "Quesnay (Chesnay), near Coutances, from which came De Chesneto or Kaineto in England." [1] [2]

Early Origins of the McChesney family

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.

Important Dates for the McChesney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McChesney research. Another 108 words (8 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.

McChesney Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the McChesney 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 McChesney family to Ireland

Some of the McChesney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McChesney migration to the United States

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 [3]
  • John McChesney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [3]
  • George McChesney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [3]
  • Charles McChesney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [3]
  • James McChesney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McChesney migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McChesney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John McChesney, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1864 [4]
  • Mrs. McChesney, Scottish settler with 10 children travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1864 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name McChesney (post 1700)

  • 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
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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