When Horatio Nelson Cheney was born on 27 December 1805, in Rutland Town, Rutland, Vermont, United States, his father, Timothy Cheney III, was 31 and his mother, Amity Submit Warner, was 25. He married Marsylva Jemima Chapman on 6 February 1833. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. In 1841, his occupation is listed as weighmaster of u.s. customs dept. in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States. He died on 20 August 1841, in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States, at the age of 35.
English: variant of Chaney with the same etymology as in 2 below.
French: topographic name for someone who lived by or in an oak wood, from Old French chesnai ‘oak grove’ (from chesne ‘oak’), or a habitational name from any of several places called (Le) Cheney, e.g. in Haute-Savoie, named with this word. Compare Chesney .
French Canadian: altered form of French Chesnay or Chenay, topographic names with the same meaning and etymology as in 2 above, or habitational names from (Le) Chesnay or (Le) Chenay, names of several places in the northwestern part of France, based on Old French chesnai ‘oak grove’. Compare Chenette and Chenier 2.