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What does Cheney mean?

Cheney Pronunciation of Cheney as a name for boys has its roots in French and Old English, and the name Cheney means "oak tree; oak-hearted". Cheney is an alternate form of Chaney (French): actor Lon Chaney. Cheney is also a form of Chesney (Old English): place name referring to a camp. Cheney is also used as a form of Cheyne (French).


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, oak (tree)


VARIANTS Cheny, Chany

OTHER FORMS VIA CHANEY, CHESNEY, CHEYNE Chalney, Chane, Chayne, Chesnie, Chesny



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How popular is Cheney?

Cheney is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#2563 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Which version is better?

The only prominent alternative form of Cheney (OUTSIDE TOP 2000) ranked in the Top 2000 is Cheyne. Adoption of this form of Cheney was common in 1990 (#1362). (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cheyne in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cheney and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cheney is alike in pronunciation to Chano, Chino and Shawney. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Alexey, Asheley (see Ashley), Birney, Brenley (see Brinley), Caelen, Cahane, Cailey, Caine, Carey, Carley, Carne, Carney, Carny, Caycey, Chace, Chan, Chance, Chancey, Chaniel, Chann, Channe, Chantrey, Chantz, Chanze, Chappy, Charly, Chase, Chauncy, Chaunsey, Che, Cherut, Chesley, Chesly, Chester, Chetwyn, Cheval, Chevy, Choncey, Choni, Claney, Cleary, Cleve, Cluny, Colbey, Coney, Conley, Conwy, Corey, Corney, Courey, Covey, Cowrey (see Cowrie), Coyne, Creed, Creek, Crewe, Culley, Cydney, Denbey, Emerey, Henley, Ohnrey, Romney, Seeley, Shandey (see Shandy), Shelley, Shepley, Sidney, Sweeney, Thandey, Tierney and Toney. These names tend to be more commonly used than Cheney.

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