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This name, with variant spellings Cheyney, Cha(i)ney, Chene, Chasney, and Chst(e)ney, derives from the Old French "chesnai", (Medieval Latin "casnetum"), meaning an oak - grove, and was originally given either as a topographic name to someone who lived by a cluster of oak trees, or as a locational name to one resident in a place named with the above element. This surname was introduced into England by the Normans, and is first recorded in the latter part of the 11th Century (see below), the name bearer being an under-tenant from Le Quesnay (Seine-Inferieure).

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