When Helen Samantha Cheney was born about 1866, in Lawrence, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Henry Payson Cheney, was 36 and her mother, Helen Samantha Sanborn, was 32.
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.