The Cheyne clan takes its name from the surname Cheyne, which is believed to have Norman-French origins. The name may have originally been “de Chesney,” indicating a connection to the French town of Chesney. Over time, the spelling evolved to “Cheyne.”
The Cheyne family has ancient roots in Scotland and held lands in various parts of the country. They were part of the landed gentry and played important roles in the social and political spheres. The Cheyne family held positions of influence and were associated with the nobility.