Cheney Family History

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Cheney Name Meaning

English: variant of Chesney. French: habitational name from a place in Yonne, which takes its name from a Romano-Gallic estate, Caniacum ‘estate of a man named Canius’, from the Roman personal name + the locative suffix -acum.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Chancy, Chaney, Cerney, Coveney, Chancey, Chesney, Chenery, Cheng

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Cheney Family Origin

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Cheney Family Occupations

What did your Cheney ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Cheney family was Labourer. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Farm Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cheney. The most common Cheney occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Cheney's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farm Labourer

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cheney ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Cheney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Cheney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cheney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Cheney. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Cheney. For the veterans among your Cheney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cheney Life Expectancy

What is the average Cheney lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Cheney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Cheney in 1941 was 35, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cheney

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cheney ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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