Type Surname (from location)
Pronounced Pron. Chen-er-ree(British English) [key]
Other Forms FormsChenye, Cheney, Chainey, Cheine, Chiene, Chinnery, Chinnerey, Chinner
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Meaning & History
Derived from the Old French "chesne" for oak tree, or "chesnai" for oak grove, from the medieval Latin "casnetum". As a topographical name, Cheyne denoted residence near a conspicuous oak tree, or in an oak forest.