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Type Surname (from location)
Usage French

Meaning & History

French surname which indicated one who lived in an oak wood or near a conspicuous oak tree, derived from Old French chesne "oak" (Late Latin caxinus). In some cases it may be from a Louisiana dialectical term referring to "an area of shrub oak growing in sandy soil" (i.e., "beach ridge, usually composed of sand-sized material resting on clay or mud. Chenier is the term for the oak tree belts that mark the distribution of the ridges in the Mississippi Delta region").
Added 4/13/2010 by grasshopperonthecree
Edited 5/11/2015 by Frollein Gladys and SeaHorse15

See Also

User submission Chenier